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Letter

Raja Krishnamoorthi

From the office of:

Raja Krishnamoorthi

Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
Sent By:
Grace.Carmichael@mail.house.gov

Supporting Organizations: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Respiratory Health Association, Truth Initiative, PAVe
(Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes), American’s for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Action on Smoking and Health, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund (CPTF), American Public Health Association, American Academy of Oral
and Maxillofacial Pathology, American College of Preventative Medicine, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Respiratory Care, Oncology Nursing Society, Eta Sigma Gamma, American Association
of Women Dentists, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, American Society of Clinical Oncology 

Current Members: Senator Dick Durbin, Peter King, Dianna DeGette, Ted Deutch,
Chris Stewart, Alcee Hastings, Tom Suozzi, Paul Tonko, Debbie Dingell, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Haley Stevens, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Barbara Lee, Steve Cohen, Jamie Raskin, Rosa DeLauro, Terri Sewell 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join the newly formed bipartisan and bicameral Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic. As you may be aware, youth e-cigarette use and “vaping” has skyrocketed in just the last year. In fact, in 2018, vaping and e-cigarette
use by middle schoolers and high schoolers increased by approximately 50% and 80% respectively. Teens account for about one-third of all U.S. e-cigarette users, and nicotine use brings alarming detrimental health issues for adolescents. Due to an adolescent
brain not being fully developed until age 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nicotine use can harm parts of the brain that controls attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

Further, health officials in various states as well as the CDC have
urged
people to stop using e-cigarettes and other vaping products as they continue to investigate the deaths, hospitalization, and mysterious vaping-related illnesses of numerous teens and young adults.

As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to preserve the health and safety of our constituents, and particularly that of our youth. This caucus will serve as a forum in Congress to discuss needed solutions to better protect American youth from the
dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction. 

We plan to launch this new caucus on September 19th and will be notifying the public of our membership. If you wish to be listed as an original member, please contact
grace.carmichael@mail.house.gov in Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s office, or
deena.tauster@mail.house.gov in Rep. King’s office by Wednesday, September 18th at noon. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the caucus.

Sincerely

Raja Krishnamoorthi                                           Peter King                                                 Dick Durbin

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