UPPER NYACK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Global Healthy Living Foundation is expressing its support of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein who in August filed lawsuits against eight e-cigarette companies alleging that these companies aggressively target children and do not require appropriate age verification when selling these dangerous and addictive products. According to the CDC, e-cigarettes use is on the rise among youth, with “the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes [increasing] from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018.”i
@GHLF Supports #NC Attorney General’s Lawsuits to Block Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors #chronicdisease #vapingepidemic @JoshStein_
“Children who use tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and for developing that dependence more quickly, which can lead to serious and chronic diseases,” stated Seth Ginsberg, president and co-founder of the Global Healthy Living Foundation.
“We applaud Attorney General Josh Stein for recognizing the implications of how the aggressive marketing tactics of e-cigarettes combined with flavors and packaging meant to appeal to younger people is contributing to a growing epidemic of vaping and nicotine use,” said Louis Tharp, executive director and co-founder of the Global Healthy Living Foundation. “Reducing access by children to these harmful products may help them to avoid the confirmed complications from smoking, such as cancers, heart disease, and decreased immune system function, just to name a few.”ii
About Global Healthy Living Foundation:
The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease) by advocating for improved access to health care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. GHLF is also a staunch advocate for vaccines. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is the parent organization of CreakyJoints®, the digital arthritis community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, activism, and patient-centered research through ArthritisPower®, the first-ever patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions. Visit www.GHLF.org for more information.
i Youth and Tobacco Use. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed on 9/10/2019 at https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/tobacco_use/index.htm and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2000 [accessed 2019 Feb 28]
ii Health Risks of Smoking Tobacco. Cancer.org Last Accessed on 9/10/2019 at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/tobacco-and-cancer/health-risks-of-smoking-tobacco.html