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There is No ‘Epidemic’ of Youth Vaping, Only a Moral Panic

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On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly declared that vaping among youth was an “epidemic.” They issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalties to “retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the official definition of an epidemic is: “The occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time.”

Despite FDA’s use of the word “epidemic,” vaping is not a disease, it is harm reduction.  Or in the words of the FDA, “a less harmful alternative.”

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