Congresswoman Angie Craig Authors Letter Urging House Leadership To Bring Forward Bill to Ban Vaping Flavors
Today, Rep. Angie Craig led a letter signed by 13 of her colleagues urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to have the House immediately consider the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act to ban all vaping flavors.
Right now, the U.S. is experiencing the highest youth usage of tobacco products in 20 years. In 2019, there were 5.3 million e-cigarette youth users, an increase of 3 million young people in just two years. This usage is driven by the more than 15,000 flavors like mint, mango and cotton candy covering up the true dangers of tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
“The need for action by the House has become even more urgent now that the Administration has backtracked on the plan that Secretary Azar announced in September to remove flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market. The Administration’s new plan will leave a wide array of flavored e-cigarettes on the market, despite the evidence that flavors make these addictive products more appealing to youth. Also, the new law raising the tobacco sale age to 21, while a good step, is not expected to have significant short-term impact and is not a sufficient response to the youth tobacco epidemic that continues to rage,” the Members said in the letter.
You can read the full letter here.
The letter is signed by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig, Sean Casten, Gil Cisneros, TJ Cox, Andy Kim, Josh Gottheimer, Kendra Horn, Mike Levin, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Chris Pappas, Katie Porter, Kim Schrier, Haley Stevens, and Lauren Underwood.
The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act is supported by more than 60 organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the NAACP.