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Raja Krishnamoorthi

From the office of:

Raja Krishnamoorthi

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

Supportive Organizations: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Truth Initiative, Parents Against Vaping e-Cigarettes (PAVe), Center on Addiction, Respiratory
Health Association, American Association for Respiratory Care, Academy of General Dentistry, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American
Association for Cancer Research, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, American Association of Women Dentists, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Oncology Nursing Society, National Association for Secondary School Principals,
National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Eta Sigma Gamma, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Student Dental Association, Society for Public Health Education, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Dental Association, American Association of
Endodontists, American College of Cardiology

Current Cosigners: Raja Krishnamoorthi, Peter King, Dick Durbin, Ted Lieu, Tom Suozzi, Chris Stewart, Ro Khanna, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Haley M. Stevens, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Harley Rouda,
Julia Brownley, Angie Craig, Jamie Raskin, Matt Cartwright, Nita Lowey, Diana DeGette, Ben Ray Lujan, Richard, Blumenthal, Chris Van Hollen

 

Dear Colleague,

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 (grace.carmichael@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Krishnamoorthi. Deadline
is COB on Tuesday 11/26
.

Sincerely,

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 10.5% 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 bipartisan members of the House and Senate
dedicated to combatting 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.

Sincerely,

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