By Friday April 28th, 2017, Congress must vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Tobacco companies are working to insert two provisions that would make it much harder for the FDA to protect kids from candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars.
One provision exempts existing e-cigarettes and cigars from a health and safety review by the FDA. The other exempts certain cigars from regulation completely.
Please call your members of Congress and ask them to keep these provisions out of the spending bill.
The number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121.
If you’re not sure who your members of Congress are, you can look them up here.
Make sure to tell them:
- Don’t weaken FDA oversight of e-cigarettes and cigars.
- They come in thousands of kid-friendly flavors like gummy worm, cotton candy, cherry crush, and chocolate.
- 16% of kids now use e-cigarettes, more than use traditional cigarettes. And more high school boys now smoke cigars than cigarettes.
- Flavors have helped fuel the popularity of these products among kids. In fact, 81% of kids who have ever used tobacco products started with a flavored product.
- A recent poll found that 70% of American voters – across the political spectrum – agree that Congress shouldn’t limit FDA oversight of tobacco.
Once you call, leave a comment below and let us know what they said.