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WHY RESTRICTING FLAVORING IN E-CIGS IS THE RIGHT CALL

March 8, 2019
In The News

Although electronic cigarette use or vaping is often touted as the “healthier” or “safer” version of smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes actually contain highly addictive nicotine and are marketed using enticing flavors that appeal to teens.

More than 3.5 million students in grades 6 through 12 used an electronic cigarette last year, making vaping products the most common form of tobacco used by teens. Because of the well-established harms of nicotine on the developing brain, my colleagues and I at National Jewish Health support the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-cigarettes (SAFE) for Kids Act co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The proposed legislation would restrict the manufacture and sale of fruity flavors of electronic cigarettes.

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