On December 8, 2016 at 9:30 am the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report titled “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General” at a press conference in Washington, D.C. This event is still available on the HHS YouTube channel.
Here is information that was released on the report:
“This is the first report to be issued by the Federal Government that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and the impact of these products on young people. The report focuses on the history, epidemiology, and health effects of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults; the companies involved with marketing and promoting these products; and existing and proposed public health policies regarding the use of these products by youth and young adults.
In addition to a comprehensive summary of the existing scientific evidence, the report ends with a Call to Action, which presents six goals and related strategies to guide efforts to reduce e-cigarette use among our nation’s young people. To achieve these goals, the report notes that we must work together – including individuals and families; civic and community leaders; public health and health care professionals; e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers; voluntary health agencies; researchers; and other stakeholders – to better understand e-cigarettes and their health consequences for youth and young adults….
Be informed: The following materials provide an overview of the report, key findings and messages, and help address questions that you or others might have about the report. All of these materials can be found on the following page: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/resources.html or you can click on each item below:
- Executive Summary: This summarizes the major content of the report, including overall and chapter specific conclusions, as well as a Call to Action. https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Exec_Summ_508.pdf
- Report – Read the first Surgeon General’s Report that focuses on the use of electronic cigarettes by youth and young adults. https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf
- Fact Sheet: Provides an overview of the key findings and messages from the report in an at-a-glance format: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf
Inform Your Stakeholders and Partners: These materials have been designed for sharing with partners and general audiences, including parents and other adult influencers who can help share key findings with youth and young adults.
- Microsite: A website, e-Cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov, is available with information on the report, along with resources that make it easy to share key findings, for instance:
- Public Service Announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qtXtBc6Akc
- Tip Sheet for Parents: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf
- Sample Social Media Posts: Use these tweets and posts to share the report’s findings and point to resources via your social media channels. Attached are optimized social media images that have been sized for each social media channel. Please share these images along with these social media posts.
- Fact: E-cigarette use poses a health risk to young people. Know the risks & take action at e-Cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov
- Know the risks of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults and take action to reduce this public health threat to our nation’s young people. New @USSurgeonGeneral’s report and key findings at e-Cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov
- Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain. Get the facts from new @USSurgeonGeneral’s report to help protect our nation’s youth.
Web Banner: Please embed this banner, which links directly to the microsite, on your website, in social media posts and in eblasts. You can find the banner at the bottom of this page: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/e-cigarettes/index.htm
Follow us: Stay up to date on all of the events today and post launch and share additional SGR 2016 content by following these social media profiles:
- Surgeon General’s Facebook Page
- Surgeon General’s Twitter Page
- Surgeon General’s Instagram Page
- CDC’s Tobacco Free Facebook Page
- CDC’s Tobacco Free Twitter Page
This new Surgeon General’s Report gives us the evidence and the tools we need to take action to protect our young people from developing a lifetime dependence on nicotine.
We invite you to contact us at SGReports@cdc.gov if you have general questions or want to share how you have promoted the new report.
Please help us highlight key messages from this report via social media, newsletters, emails, or other communication channels. We want to ensure that parents and adults who work with young people (e.g., health care providers, teachers, and coaches) learn about the key findings in the report.”
Source: CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health