WASHGINTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products.
Vaping has increased 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers, according to the agency.
Experts worry that it could put kids’ developing brains at risk and get them hooked on nicotine early in life.
FDA officials discussed the problem Friday at a hearing that addressed rising levels of e-cigarette use among young people.
Medical organizations and vaping groups also testified.
They said there is an urgent need for research on ways to treat kids who are addicted to nicotine, since there is almost no data on treating kids who are hooked.
Right now, there are no FDA approved stop-smoking products for e-cigarette users under the age of 18.