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JUUL E-cigarettes: Protecting Children

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Learn about the dangers of JUUL e-cigarettes and how you can protect children from them.
Air Date: 5/8/18
Duration: 17:52
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Margaret Stager, MD
M Stager photoDr. Margaret Stager is the Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center, a teaching hospital for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She obtained her medical degree from the State University of Buffalo, New York, School of Medicine; completed a Pediatric Residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio; and completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

As Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Stager is responsible for the teaching and training of medical students and residents in the practice of Adolescent Medicine. The Adolescent Medicine Clinic serves teens and young adults from ages 12-26 years and includes services such as annual medical exams, sports physicals, reproductive health care, screening for drug and alcohol problems, diagnosis of eating disorders, identifying mental health disorders, management of teen obesity, and other common adolescent conditions such as acne, asthma, and allergies.

Dr. Stager’s research interests include safety and efficacy trials for teen vaccines such as the HPV vaccine; type-2 diabetes; DepoProvera contraception, and the effect of text messaging on improving vaccination rates.

Dr. Stager has held leadership positions both regionally and nationally. Currently she serves on the Adolescent Health Committee for the Ohio AAP and is an active member for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is past President of the Women’s Faculty School of Medicine Organization at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, past Interim Chair of the MetroHealth Department of Pediatrics, and holds positions on national committees such as the Executive Committee of the Section of Adolescent Health and the HPV vaccine Advisory Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
JUUL E-cigarettes: Protecting Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics joined five other health groups in urging the FDA to take immediate action to address the rising use of JUUL e-cigarettes among young people. They requested the JUUL e-cigarettes be removed from the market, eliminate internet sales, and that stronger measures be put in place to prevent underage JUUL sales in stores.

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JUUL e-cigarettes are considered an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS). They may be called vaping pens, e-cigars or e-hookah. The device has a heating element that warms a liquid concoction of nicotine and flavors, creating a vapor for the user to inhale. JUUL e-cigs are marketed to the younger set. They look sleek and have flavors. They are charged via USB ports, making them a little more inconspicuous. One pod contains as much nicotine as a full pack of cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are becoming preferred to traditional cigarettes. Young e-cig users tend to add traditional tobacco consumption over time.

Advocacy starts at home. Take action to alert the FDA about your concerns. Visit Public Health Law Center to find out the e-cig laws for your state.

Listen as Dr. Margaret Stager joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss regulation of JUUL e-cigarettes.

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