“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to remove Juul products from the market in the United States (U.S.). This is an important step in preventing another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine—regardless of how it is delivered.”
“Juul was among the top brands used by high school and middle school students who regularly vape according to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which also found that more than 2 million U.S. children and teenagers used e-cigarettes last year. This is particularly troubling in light of ASCO’s 2019 National Cancer Opinion Survey finding that nearly one in four young adults believes e-cigarettes are harmless and not addictive despite Surgeon General warnings to the contrary. We know that e-cigarettes contain addictive and harmful ingredients including nicotine, lead, and other heavy metals.”
“Many gaps remain in our understanding of the acute and long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, but the harms of nicotine addiction are well-characterized, particularly on the young. Therefore, based on what we do know about e-cigarettes and their use among young people, we commend FDA for its action today. ASCO will continue to work with FDA, state and federal lawmakers, and other stakeholders to advance policies that curb youth e-cigarette use.”
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The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO®) is a 501 (c)(6) organization that represents nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. in 2019, ASCO works to ensure that all individuals with cancer have access to high quality, equitable care; that the cancer care delivery system supports optimal cancer care; and that our nation supports robust federal funding for research on the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Learn more at www.ascoassociation.org and follow us on Twitter at @ASCO.