American College of Cardiology President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products in an effort to reduce underage tobacco use:

“Traditional cigarettes are an often-lifelong habit with major health implications that usually begins in adolescence. According to the CDC, youth who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke in the future. When the latest e-cigarettes are designed to almost mimic a flash drive and feature flavors like strawberry and chocolate, it’s not hard to see why they’re on the rise among American youth. It is the responsibility of the health community—public organizations, medical societies and even individual clinicians—to make it less likely American children become smokers. Furthermore, we have concerns about the widespread use of a product for which, frankly, the medical and scientific community has yet to clearly establish the long-term health implications. The FDA’s announcement restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products shows they are ready to do their part in making tobacco products less available to our children. Let’s do our part to make sure they don’t become our future patients.”

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