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Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Episode Summary

The U.S. surgeon general explains why he's issuing a rare warning on e-cigarettes and kids.

Episode Notes

"I don't want anyone to think I'm against the harm-reduction potential of these devices for adults. But 3 percent of adults are using these devices — [and] 20 percent of high schoolers are using these devices."

Surgeon General Jerome Adams sits down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to explain why he's issuing an advisory on the risks of e-cigarettes for youth — just the second surgeon general advisory since 2005. (Starts at the 1:30 mark.) Adams also reviews what he thought of doctors' recent clash with the NRA on social media, how he's setting his 2019 priorities and even shares some personal details.

After the break, POLITICO's Sarah Owermohle joins Dan to discuss Adams' comments on e-cigarettes and the Trump administration's broader push on vaping. (Starts at the 21:30 mark.)


The surgeon general's office has a resource guide for parents, providers and children on e-cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb joined POLITICO's podcast in November to discuss his own concerns about vaping and his pending crackdown.

Physicians pushed back after the NRA said doctors should "stay in their lane" and not discuss gun violence.

Adams praised "Blue Zones," the work into why some communities appear to be healthier than others.

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy appeared on POLITICO's "Pulse Check" in 2016, discussing his own approach to the role.