From Safer nicotine wiki
Hysteria was created when the US agencies the FDA and CDC started to describe youth use as an epidemic. The origins of the use of this term are from a FDA focus group involving youth to find the most impactful scary word to influence their peers.
Epidemic of youth nicotine addiction? What does the National Youth Tobacco Survey 2017-2019 reveal about high school e-cigarette use in the USA?
Michelle Minton Blame Anti-Tobacco Advocates for Youth Vaping “Epidemic”