Youth E-Cigarette Initiation After the Food and Drug Administration's Missed Deadline
American journal of preventive medicine
INTRODUCTION: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was ordered to evaluate electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products by September 9, 2021, but missed the court-ordered deadline. This study provides an estimate of electronic cigarette (E-cigarette) use initiation among youth and young adults after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's missed deadline. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Truth Longitudinal Cohort, a probability-based longitudinal sample of youth and young adults aged between 15 and 24 years (N=1,393). Respondents were surveyed at baseline (July-October 2021) and at follow-up (January-June 2022). Individuals who had not previously used any E-cigarette products were included in analyses conducted in 2022. RESULTS: Results indicate that 6.9% of youth and young adults had initiated E-cigarette use, suggesting that about 900,000 youth aged 15-17 years and 320,000 young adults aged 18-20 years initiated E-cigarette use after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's missed court-ordered deadline. CONCLUSIONS: Over a million youth and young adults initiated E-cigarette use after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's missed court-ordered deadline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to continue evaluating premarket tobacco product applications, enforce decisions on premarket tobacco product applications, and remove E-cigarettes that are deemed harmful to public health to effectively address the E-cigarette epidemic among young people.
Do, Elizabeth K.; Hair, Elizabeth C.; Donovan, Emily M.; Nelson, Carlin D.; McKay, Tatum; Vallone, Donna M.; and Schillo, Barbara A., "Youth E-Cigarette Initiation After the Food and Drug Administration's Missed Deadline" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3896.
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