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Jerome Adams Calls Teenage E-Cigarette Use A "National Epidemic"

Former Indiana state health commissioner Jerome Adams is cracking down on e-cigarette use among America's teenagers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation's Surgeon General has declared there's a problem with the growth of E-cigarette use. 

At a news briefing, Jerome Adams, who is Indiana's former Health Commissioner, says more young people are changing from regular cigarettes to E-cigarettes, even though the nicotine danger still exists. 

"E-cigarette use has sky-rocketed," Adams said before a congressional committee on Capitol Hill. "So much so today that I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic across the United States."  

He says the notion that E-cigarette aerosol is harmless water vapor is a myth because it exposes users to toxic chemicals.  

Nicotine exposure during adolescence can uniquely harm the developing adolescent brain," Adams added. "That impacts learning, memory, and attention."

Adams called on local, state and national groups to discourage young people from starting to use any kind of smoking product, including E-cigarettes and flavored tobacco. 

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