Sending Office: Honorable Thomas R. Suozzi
Please join us in a bipartisan effort to fight the youth vaping epidemic in our country.
Please co-sponsor the Protecting American Lungs Act (H.R. 4742), which would tax nicotine absorption from vaping products at the same rate as nicotine absorption from cigarettes.
As you have no doubt seen in the news, the vaping epidemic in the United States continues to take lives. As of October 22, the CDC has reported 1,604 cases of illness associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products. This illness has already led to 34 confirmed
deaths. Perhaps even worse, an entire generation of young people is becoming addicted to nicotine because they vape.
The Protecting American Lungs Act, which passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with bipartisan support, would implement an excise tax of $50.33 for every 1,810 milligrams of nicotine used in vaping products. Currently, vaping
products are not subject to any excise tax despite their proven harms and the consensus among public health organizations that these products should be taxed.
Importantly, our bill contains an exception for FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies. This means that if a vaping company can prove that their product is a legitimate smoking cessation device, the nicotine in that product will not be taxed.
While our bill will not entirely solve the youth vaping crisis, it is an essential start. Taxing harmful products has proven to be one of the best ways to decrease their usage, especially among young people who are more sensitive to price changes.
We hope that you will join us in this important effort to fight the youth vaping epidemic in our country.
If you would like to co-sponsor the Protecting American Lungs Act or have any questions, please contact Steven Peterson (Steven.Peterson@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Suozzi’s office or Deena Tauster
(Deena.Tauster@mail.house.gov) with Rep. King’s office.
Thomas R. Suozzi Peter T. King
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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