Today, the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced an update to the organization’s position on e-cigarettes, and the American Medical Association (AMA) called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that do not meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as cessation tools.
American Cancer Society
The ACS revision seeks to clarify ACS guidelines in light of recent spikes in e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, combined with little regulation of the products by the FDA.
The ACS’s new, clarified position is:
The guideline update was approved by the ACS’s Board of Directors at their November 2019 meeting.
“Since [the] ACS first released a position statement on e-cigarettes in 2018, the landscape for tobacco control and these products has shifted significantly,” said Gary Reedy, Chief Executive Officer of the ACS. “We committed then to revisiting the position as required to reflect new scientific data and public health trends.”
American Medical Association
In the wake of the recent lung illness outbreak linked to more than 2,000 illnesses and over 40 deaths across the country and a spike in youth e-cigarette use, today, the AMA called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that do not meet FDA approval as cessation tools. At the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, physicians, residents, and medical students from across the country voted to adopt policies building on the AMA’s longtime efforts to prevent another generation from becoming dependent on nicotine.
The new policies include the following:
“The recent lung illness outbreak has alarmed physicians and the broader public health community and shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA. “It’s simple—we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people and that’s why we are calling for an immediate ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products from the market. With the number of young people using e-cigarettes spiking, it is not only critical that there is research into nicotine addiction treatments for this population, but it is imperative that we continue efforts to prevent youth from ever using nicotine.”