Sen. Schumer Urges FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Immediately

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer encouraged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes immediately. He is concerned about the potential harmful effect of such products, which are becoming popular among high school students.

In a statement, Sen. Schumer noted a study indicating that 20% of New York kids are using e-cigarettes.  More than one in five high school students in the state used e-cigarettes last year. That rate is higher than the national average.

In 2016, 11.3% of high school students used e-cigarettes, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Data from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showed that Staten Island public school had the highest rate of e-cigarette use among public high schools in 2015.

Over the past 30 days, 19% of youth in Staten Island, 13.7% in Bronx, 15% in Queens, 16.2% in Brooklyn, and 17.4% in Manhattan used e-cigarettes.  In New York City, 15.9% of youth used e-cigarettes.

Sen. Schumer says e-cigarettes are “concerning and could be dangerous”

Additionally, Sen. Schumer observed that a new e-cigarette called “Juul” is popular among kids. The product reportedly contains “mystery chemicals.”