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On Monday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that they plan to introduce a bill this week that will regulate e-cigarette flavorings and ban flavors in cigars. Experts say that the proposed legislation is a step toward keeping young people from trying e-cigarettes, but it may not get very far in Congress as the midterms approach.
The awkwardly named “Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids” (or SAFE Kids)act would require vape manufacturers to prove that their flavorings aren’t harmful, don’t tempt kids into using nicotine, and actually help adults quit, the announcement says. If they don’t, the products wouldn’t be allowed to stay on the market. It’s the latest shot in Durbin’s ongoing campaign to keep young people from using vapes, which he’s called “candy-flavored poisons” in the past, according to Roll Call.
“I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ cooked up by Big Tobacco to hook a new generation,” Durbin said in a statement on Monday. That recipe includes “flavors that shamelessly appeal to kids,” Durbin said.
Food and Drug Administration banned all flavors except menthol in combustible cigarettes. The ban worked: adolescents were 17 percent less likely to become cigarette smokers after it was enacted, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. But the FDA didn’t have the power to regulate cigars or e-cigarettes until 2016, and those products fell through the cracks of the flavoring ban. Some local governments, like the city of San Francisco, have recently banned the sale of all flavored tobacco, including e-cigarette liquids, but regulation at the federal level has moved more slowly.
The FDA is starting to investigate regulating e-cigarette flavorings, too. In March, the agency began soliciting public comments about things like the safety of e-cigarette flavors and whether they encourage adults to quit smoking cigarettes or adolescents to start vaping. “The troubling reality is that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among middle and high school students, and flavors are identified as one of the top three reasons for use,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement at the time. But for now, the agency is just gathering information: there’s no timeline for crafting new regulation.
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