Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Cosponsor H.R. 2111: Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction (PROTECT) Act
Cosponsors: Scott (GA), Jackson Lee, Hastings, Higgins, Barragan, Schakowsky, DeLauro, Velazquez, Johnson (GA), Deutch, Norton, Raskin, Johnson (TX), Slotkin, Blumenauer, Rush, Moulton, Lofgren, Larsen, Grijalva, Mucarsel-Powell
Supporting groups: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, National Association of County and
City Health Officials, Kids V Cancer, Oncology Nursing Society, Broward County Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Trust for America’s Health, Students Against Destructive
Decisions, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, American Association for Cancer Research
I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 2111, the Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction (PROTECT) Act. This bicameral legislation led by Sen. Blumenthal and I would address the alarming rise in e-cigarette use among youth.
More than 3.6 million youth report using e-cigarettes, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students. From 2017 to 2018, high school students reported a
78% increase in e-cigarette use. This surge has alarmed public health officials, leading the U.S. Surgeon General to
call the rise an “epidemic.” While the FDA has moved to combat the sale of e-cigarettes to youth, more work needs to be done to protect our nation’s youth from the predatory practices of the tobacco industry.
The bill authorizes $100 million in funding each year for five years for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to address this emerging epidemic. The funds would provide critical support for the following:
- Enhancing research on youth use of e-cigarettes and emerging tobacco products.
- Identifying effective messages to youth and others who work with youth for reducing e-cigarette and tobacco product use.
- Educating youth about the rapidly evolving tobacco product landscape and the harmful effects of tobacco products.
- Providing funds via grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to state, local, tribal, and national organizations for preventing and reducing youth e-cigarette use.
- Informing the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based policies to prevent initiation among youth.
Additionally, the bill directs the U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary to make public its strategy for reducing the use of e-cigarettes among youth to help foster greater transparency and accountability at the agency.
To cosponsor this legislation or for more information, please contact Jackii Wang at
Jacquelyn.Wang@mail.house.gov with my staff.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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