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Sen. Merkley: How Washington DC is hooking our children on vaping…

Merkley Blasts FDA E-Cigarette Flavor Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S Senator Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), became deeply concerned after the FDA announced an e-cigarette policy that fell far short of a ban on flavors that attract children. Merkley said, “Yet again, President Trump and the FDA are spineless in the face of corporate lobbying. The health of millions of American children will continue to suffer because of this announcement. “It’s no secret that an epidemic of youth e-cigarette addiction has been building over the course of many years.”

“For years, e-cigarette companies have been given approval by the FDA to pursue a massively successful strategy of addicting a new generation on nicotine – targeting middle and high school students with social media influencers and sweet flavors blatantly designed to appeal to children. We knew that the long-term health impacts of e-cigarette use would be devastating to the next generation. Now, we know in addition to the health impacts of nicotine addiction, we are facing vaping illnesses related to the additives that have contributed to multiple deaths across the country—including two in Oregon.”

“I’m deeply disturbed that industry lobbyists were able to get President Trump to include flavors that the FDA was planning to ban.  This announcement is saying that although the FDA will target its enforcement on flavors, it is none-the-less carving out loopholes for tobacco and menthol flavors. FDA’s own announcement of preliminary data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that youth use of menthol e-cigarettes soared in 2019. Industry profits and politics should never over-rule the health of our children. But that’s the choice the Trump Administration made today.”

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