Demand Congress stop prioritizing tobacco profits over our children
Madeline Daniels (Former Staff)Health
Congress is currently debating a must-past spending bill, and some politicians are trying to include a provision that would hurt kids. This “rider,” or unrelated provision that does not belong in a spending bill, would allow dangerous e-cigarettes to stay on the market before the Food and Drug Administration has the opportunity to review them for safety.
Why is this a problem? Because absent any FDA review, e-cigarette retailers are aggressively marketing to our children as popular candy and cereal brands like Cap’n Crunch and Starburst. And they’re unfortunately successful. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students TRIPLED over the last year.
A new generation of smokers is becoming addicted to nicotine, and the flavoring in the vapor they inhale was just this week linked to a lung disease called “Popcorn Lung” by Harvard researchers. Yet some in Washington want to put the profits of Big Tobacco and nicotine retailers over the well-being of our children.
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