Sending Office: Committee on Energy and Commerce
Sent By:
Josh.Krantz@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019,
legislation to address the sharp rise in use of tobacco and e-cigarette products among young people.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an alarming 78 percent increase in current e-cigarette use by high school students and 48 percent increase among middle school students from 2017 to
2018. According to reports, the sharp increase in tobacco use by youth in recent years could reverse years of progress in reducing tobacco use in America.

Specifically, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

  • Reduces Child and Adolescent Nicotine Addiction by Increasing the Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21 and Prohibiting Characterizing Flavors in All Tobacco Products, Including Menthol
    • H.R. 2339 also directs FDA to issue regulations to prohibit non-face-to-face sales of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories.
  • Makes it Unlawful to Market, Advertise, or Promote Any E-Cigarette Product to Individuals Under the Age of 21
  • Extends Advertising Requirements to All Tobacco Products
    • Ensures manufacturers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are held to the same advertising and sales requirements currently applied for the sale, distribution, and use of traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
    • H.R. 2339 would prohibit the distribution of non-tobacco merchandise that bears a tobacco product brand name or logo, and prohibit brand sponsorship of certain events by tobacco product manufacturers.
  • Implements Graphic Health Warning Requirements for Cigarettes
    • The Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) required graphic health warnings to be added to cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements. However, ongoing litigation has delayed finalizing this provision.
    • H.R. 2339 requires FDA to finalize new labels within 12 months.
  • Extends User Fees to All Tobacco Products
    • H.R. 2339 authorizes the FDA to collect user fees from manufacturers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and increases the total amount of fees collected by $100 million, as proposed in the Trump Administration’s 2020 budget request.

H.R. 2339 is supported by the following organizations:

The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of Cardiology, Academy of General Dentistry, American Heart
Association, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, March of Dimes, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Action on Smoking and Health, Allergy and Asthma Network,
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Association for Dental Research, American Association for Respiratory Care, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive
Medicine, American Dental Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership, Association
of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Big Cities Health Coalition, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, Community Anti-Drug Coalition, COPD Foundation,
Counter Tools, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of Social Workers, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical
Association, National Network of Public Health Institutes, Oncology Nursing Society, Prevention Institute, The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Foundation, Society for Public Health Education, Students Against Destructive Decisions,
The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Trinity Health, Trust for America’s Health

A Section-by-Section of the legislation is available
HERE
.

If you have any questions or would like to sign on as a co-sponsor, please contact Jacquelyn Bolen with the Energy and Commerce Committee at
Jacquelyn.Bolen@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Frank Pallone, Jr.

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

Donna Shalala

Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: HealthCare
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2339
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