Pediatrician weighs in on ban of e-cigarette brand
Following an order from the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, products made by e-cigarette maker Juul Labs will be unavailable for sale in the United States.
Dr. Beth Ebel, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said she interprets the FDA's decision as a positive change for adolescents' health.
"There was such a steady reduction of smoking as people realized how harmful and damaging it was to the lungs, but with the e-cigarettes, they were really marketed as something that supposedly was safer. That has not been shown to be true," she said.
"I encourage parents to be knowledgeable, to be able to recognize and identify these products," said Ebel. "Second, see your pediatrician. There is now a nicotine therapy that some kids have needed to be able to break this addiction. Know that almost every child who starts using these products in a daily fashion ... they are still users today. That's how powerful the dependency is."
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