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WASHINGTON (Sep 12, 2019) -
American College of Cardiology President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the Trump Administration’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes:
"The American College of Cardiology staunchly supports all efforts to reduce tobacco use, including the alarming rise in e-cigarette use among American youth. We applaud the Trump Administration's announcement that it will seek to ban all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes. This is a welcome step in the right direction. The FDA and CDC's 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey found a 78 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers in just one year and much of that rise is driven by fruit and candy-flavored nicotine pods. This trend is reversing the headway we've made in recent years to reduce tobacco use across the board, which is particularly concerning to the doctors, nurses and other health professionals on the front lines of the ongoing battle to treat heart disease. The ACC is committed to working with policymakers and others to reduce tobacco use in the hope that it means even one less patient to treat."
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.