E-Cigarettes: Matching Risks With Regulations

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      In 2019, e-cigarettes captured public attention as never before, with more than 2,600 cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) and at least 57 U.S. deaths by early 2020.
      • King BA
      • Jones CM
      • Baldwin GT
      • Briss PA
      The EVALI and youth vaping epidemics: implications for public health.
      Local and state governments responded with bans on flavored e-cigarette sales. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later announced restrictions on sales of flavored e-cigarette cartridges. Yet these responses conflated the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use—largely attributed to flavors—with the EVALI outbreak driven primarily by the use of informal or illicit vaping products that contained vitamin E acetate and, often, tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana's principal psychoactive chemical.
      • King BA
      • Jones CM
      • Baldwin GT
      • Briss PA
      The EVALI and youth vaping epidemics: implications for public health.
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