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Youth Vaping Targeted in Campaign

Vaping by youth has reached “epidemic proportions,” federal officials say.

A campaign to educate children about the dangers of e-cigarettes has been launched by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“The Real Cost” ad campaign targets nearly 10.7 million 12-17-year-olds who have used or considered using e-cigarettes.

“HHS is committed to comprehensive efforts to protect America’s youth from the dangers of using any tobacco or nicotine-containing products,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Federal officials say e-cigarette use by children has reached “epidemic proportions.”

Children who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try combustible cigarettes, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

“Making sure e-cigs aren’t being marketed to, sold to, or used by kids is a core priority and the guiding principle behind our efforts,” Gottlieb added.

With the tagline “Know the Real Cost of Vaping,” the campaign aims to educate youth that using e-cigarettes, just like cigarettes, puts them at risk for addiction and other health consequences, according to the FDA.

The campaign is a nearly $60 million effort funded by user fees collected from the tobacco industry, not by taxpayer dollars, an FDA statement says.

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