Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Co-sponsor the Stop Vaping Ads Act (H.R. 4249)
Supported by: the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials
Co-sponsors: Bustos, Chu, Cohen, Craig, DeGette, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Garcia, Grijalva, Hastings, Himes, Khanna, Lieu, Lipinski, Napolitano, Pocan, Raskin, Serrano, Wasserman Schultz
I write to request your support for my bill, the Stop Vaping Ads Act (H.R. 4249), legislation that would ban advertisements for e-cigarettes and vaping devices on television and radio.
Since 1971, the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act (15 U.S.C. 1335) has banned advertisements for cigarettes and cigars on broadcast media. However, due to a loophole in the law, e-cigarette advertisements have begun airing across the United
States in recent months. My bill would close this loophole.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not have complete data on the numbers of Americans who have been harmed by e-cigarettes, it is becoming abundantly clear that e-cigarettes are causing new, harmful health impacts among both
teens and adults who use them. According to the CDC, as of January 14, 2020, there are 2668 hospitalized cases or deaths of vaping-related lung illness reported. Sixty deaths have been reported from 27 states.
Furthermore, the CDC reports that about 2.4 million middle and high school students were current (past 30-day) users of e-cigarettes as of 2014. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued
tobacco product use among youth.
According to the CDC, tobacco product advertising can entice youth to use tobacco, and spending to advertise e-cigarettes has increased rapidly since 2011. About 69% of middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in retail
stores, on the Internet, in magazines/newspapers, or on TV/movies. CDC has concluded that exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.
While more research is needed in this area, I believe this public health crisis requires swift action by Congress to prevent the marketing of these harmful products to children and young people. My bill will close a loophole that allows e-cigarette ads on
TV and radio. If you would like to co-sponsor the bill, please contact
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