Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
Supportive Organizations: Truth Initiative, Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe)
Current Cosigners: Raja Krishnamoorthi, Peter King, Ted Lieu, Tom Suozzi, Chris Stewart, Ro Khanna, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Haley M. Stevens, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Harley Rouda, Julia Brownley,
Please join me, the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic, and elected officials in encouraging President Trump to remain committed to his original proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Although this announcement was
made two months ago on September 11th, we write in urgency as multiple press reports have detailed the possibility of the President reversing his
decision on his pledge to remove all flavors from the market pending review by the FDA. Members of Congress, public health advocates, and medical professionals alike have been unified in their support for the removal of flavored e-cigarettes from the market,
and we must ensure that the President follows through on this promise.
We are in the midst of a public health crisis – one that directly impacts our youth. FDA and CDC officials have continued to advise that in order for us to begin curbing the appeal of e-cigarettes to youth, we must remove the access to flavors. We know that
increase of e-cigarette use among youth has made possible by flavors, and we know that nicotine addiction follows soon after. We must not let the next generation be plagued by addiction. Now is the time to act.
Please see the below letter. If you would like to add your boss to this bipartisan letter or have any questions, please email Grace Carmichael (email@example.com) with Congressman Krishnamoorthi. Deadline
is COB on Friday 11/22.
RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI PETER KING
November XX, 2019
Dear Mr. President:
Over two months ago, you, along with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, made an encouraging announcement that your administration would be issuing
a compliance policy designed to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors.
With nearly 28% of American high schoolers and 5% of middle schoolers vaping, this announcement was an important step in the right direction in order to protect our children and end this public health crisis. Unfortunately, this guidance has yet to be finalized.
This is particularly concerning because nicotine exposure can harm adolescent brain development, and using nicotine during adolescence can increase the risk of future addiction to cigarettes and other drugs.
Our children should not be used as guinea pigs by the tobacco industry. As members of the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic and elected officials concerned about youth health and safety, we have made it a priority to tackle the most pressing
public health needs facing our country. We have heard from countless parents, teachers, and health professionals in our districts who are concerned about skyrocketing youth e-cigarette use.
We urge you to finalize the removal of all flavors from the market pending product reviews by FDA in a complete and expedited fashion. Importantly, any guidance on flavored e-cigarettes must include mint and menthol, which have been proven popular with youth,
and apply to all retailers. In fact, former FDA Acting Commissioner Sharpless stated this year that the FDA “must act swiftly against flavored e-cigarette products that are especially attractive to children.” Further, Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director
of the CDC, testified before the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy that for the removal of flavored products from the market to be effective mint and menthol must be included. Finally, as members of the bipartisan caucus to combat
youth vaping, we request our inclusion in future conversations regarding this compliance policy.
The meteoric rise in youth vaping is a public health crisis threatening the health and safety of American youth. In order to end it, we need a bold, bipartisan solution such as a comprehensive e-cigarette flavor guidance in accordance to your original promise
on September 11, 2019. We hope you will take this request into consideration and thank you for your time.
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