October 15, 2021

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss the vaping epidemic hooking a new generation on nicotine.

We're experiencing a nationwide crisis of youth addiction, fueled by thousands of kid-friendly flavors and massive doses of nicotine.

Dr. Kirsten Hawkins, a pediatrician at Georgetown University Medical Center, says she is shocked at how quickly e-cigarettes are addicting a new generation to nicotine. “It’s rampant among our high school and middle-school-age population,” Hawkins said. Many of her patients are already addicted to nicotine, she said. E-cigarettes have quietly eclipsed cigarette smoking among adolescents.

In 2020, 38.9% of high school e-cigarette users vaped on at least 20 days a month, and over 730,000 middle and high school students reported vaping every single day. Flavored products are driving this epidemic. In fact, 82.9% of youth e-cigarette users use flavored products.

After a year-long review of millions of e-cigarette-related products, the Food and Drug Administration says it has rejected 946,000 flavored products, prohibiting them from being marketed or sold. It also said that the applications for 4.5 million products were missing materials that the agency required to make a decision. All of those products must also be removed from the market.

The FDA's action covers just a fraction of the more than 6.5 million tobacco products for which the FDA has received marketing applications.