Underage smoking and vaping have been one of the dangerous trends the US has been witnessing for past decades and several agencies have been trying to control the same as well. Nevertheless, a recent report — titled ‘The State of Tobacco Control’ — says that the attempts to stop underage smoking and vaping became a disturbing failure. The report is from American Lung Association, which does the annual report.
“This year’s report finds a disturbing failure of the federal government and states to take action to prevent and reduce tobacco use in 2018, placing the health and lives of Americans at risk, including our youth, says Harold P Wimmer, who is the national president and CEO of the American Lung Association. Of course, the report is directly blaming the various authorities who were meant to stop the increasing step.
In particular, the association’s report is targeting Food and Drug Administration of the United States. As per the report, FDA did not take decisive action to prevent the use of tobacco as well as e-cigarettes among the young adults and adolescents of the United States. The report also accuses FDA of not removing menthol-based cigarettes, which are popular among teens, from the market.
The report has gone deep into analysing the trends that involve the use of e-cigarettes and smoking. It has, for instance, found that 43 states in the US and the District of Columbia were performing pathetically in the programs to prevent vaping. At the same time, only half of US states have properly implemented smoke-free workplace policies.
On top of all these, the actions of FDA have not been sufficient to address the breadth of the issue, says the report. “The FDA’s failure to act has emboldened the tobacco industry, which has become increasingly aggressive in seeking to delay or oppose proven policies,” added Wimmer.