Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
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Protect our Children from a Lifetime of Addiction and Poor Health:

Cosponsor the Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2018

Current Original Cosponsors: DeLauro, Wasserman Schultz, Rush


Dear Colleague:

Tobacco products have numerous serious health impacts and they contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Further, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of nicotine and adolescent exposure to nicotine may have lasting adverse
consequences for brain development. 

Electronic nicotine delivery devices, known as e-cigarettes, are available in youth-friendly flavors. A recent University of North Carolina study found that youth can easily purchase e-cigarettes over the Internet with 94% of youth participating in the study
successfully purchasing e-cigarettes because websites lacked adequate age-verification methods. We must do more to protect our children from these and other harmful tobacco products, which is why I invite you to be an original cosponsor of the
Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration released the latest National Youth Tobacco Survey in April 2015 highlighting that youth use of e-cigarettes and hookah (water pipe) has increased. E-cigarette use among high
school students tripled from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 (approximately 2 million high school students).  Use among middle school students also tripled. Hookah use among high school students has increased from 4.1% in 2011 to 9.4% in 2014.
In addition, cigar use among high school students was 8.2% in 2014 (1.2 million students) with high school boys smoking cigars at the same rate at which they smoke cigarettes (10.8% to 10.6%).  

The sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other tobacco products, such as dissolvable tobacco tablets, over the Internet, other options makes it cheaper and easier for children to obtain them. Many Internet sellers of e-cigarette, hookah, and cigar sellers
are not using sophisticated screening systems to block youth purchases. Current law requires Internet and other mail order sellers of cigarettes, roll-your-own, and smokeless tobacco products to: a) verify purchasers’ age and identity before a sale through
available ID databases; and b) use delivery methods that verify the age and ID of the person accepting delivery. The
Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2018 would apply these same requirements to the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.

Please join me in sponsoring the Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2015 to curb youth access to these products. If you would like to become a cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Christian Lovell, in my office, at ext. 6-7393 or
by email at


Rosa L. DeLauro
Member of Congress

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