From National SOPHE:
The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act Moves Forward in the House
November 21, 2019
Washington, D.C.- On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted in favor of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339), a step forward to reverse the youth e-cigarette epidemic. This legislation comes at a critical time, as the president has not acted on his promise to remove non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market.
The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act takes a comprehensive approach to combat the epidemic by prohibiting all flavored tobacco products, raising the minimum purchase age to 21, banning all non-face-to-face sales for tobacco products, and protecting youth from marketing of tobacco products.
The youth e-cigarette epidemic is reaching catastrophic heights, in 2018, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were e-cigarette users. E-cigarette flavors play a vital role in their popularity among youth. Nearly 97% of youth e-cigarette users use flavored e-cigarettes and 70% cite flavors as their main reason for using.
SOPHE is a longtime advocate for tobacco cessation and control policies, increasing the minimum age for tobacco sales, and supporting policies to remove flavored e-cigarette products to curb the epidemic. SOPHE designed a resolution to raise the minimum age of tobacco and nicotine delivery products to 21 years of age and crafted a resolution to address the public health concerns of electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The time is now to urge your elected official to commit to ending the youth e-cigarette epidemic by supporting the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act as it moves through the House and Senate.