Foundations of Health Systems and Policy.
Health policy topic for this Op-Ed (opposite the editorial page) assignment to be about banning the sales of flavored nicotine e-cigarette and THC vaping products because there is a growing health epidemic of young people vaping. Teenagers have begun to vape at astonishing rates, confident that their e-cigarettes are “safe” compared with combustible ones. Nicotine affects adolescent brains uniquely, and e-cigarettes can hook children on nicotine for life, an addiction that could lead to consuming other tobacco products whose risk profile is well established and highly dangerous. It is for this rising generation that regulation is most necessary — and concern for them should trump worries about reducing smokers’ access to the smoking alternatives they prefer. The vaping epidemic has now reached the point where multiple people have died and over 380 cases of severe lung injuries have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory linked to vaping. I have attached two documents that include all the instruction details and grading rubric for this writing assignment. Please read every sente