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House Introduces Legislation to Address Youth Tobacco Epidemic

Saturday, April 20, 2019  
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Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Representative Donna Shalala (D-FL) have introduced comprehensive legislation to address and reverse the youth e-cigarette epidemic and lower youth tobacco use. The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes. Flavored e-cigarettes have driven the youth epidemic.  

The comprehensive legislation will also prohibit the online sale of tobacco products and anyone under 21 nationwide. The bill will also extend advertising restrictions that currently apply to cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Finally, it would require FDA to issue a final rule to implement graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising, as required by the 2009 Tobacco Control Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will introduce legislation to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in the Senate calling it a "top priority" when the Senate returns from recess.