U.S. health officials are investigating an increase in severe lung disease which may be linked to e-cigarettes and vaping, whose usage among our nation’s young people has reached epidemic levels.
According to the latest data from the CDC and FDA, e-cigarette use by high school students surged a whopping 78% in one year and 48% amongst middle schoolers. There’s a lot that kids and their parents THINK they know about these devices, but as those numbers rise, what are we missing?
Five years ago, CVS Health took a bold step and eliminated the sale of cigarettes and all tobacco products – and never sold e-cigarettes from their CVS Pharmacy stores.
When you walk into any of their 9,900 pharmacy locations across the U.S., you are guaranteed to never find a carton of cigarettes, a tin of chewing tobacco, or the latest e-cigarette.
Not long after the company’s bold actions, researchers found that stopping the sale of those products had an almost immediate impact on the buying habits of tobacco users.
According to a 2017 study in the American Journal of Public Health, CVS Health’s decision resulted in a significant reduction in cigarette purchases, with as much as a 38 percent decline in households that were previously purchasing exclusively at CVS Health. That same study concluded that retailers who limit access to cigarettes and harmful tobacco products do have a significant impact on public health.
But the work is not close to finished. Nearly 35 million U.S. adults still smoke cigarettes, and about 4.9 million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes which threaten the progress the country has made on reducing youth smoking.