House Passes Comprehensive Package to Protect Youth From the Dangers of E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House passed the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (HR 2339), which includes key provisions from Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s legislation, the Providing Resources to End the Vaping Epidemic Now for Teenagers, or “PREVENT,” Act. The vaping package addresses the sharp rise in e-cigarette and tobacco use among youth by prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco, taking essential steps to restrict marketing to youth, establishing user fees for e-cigarette manufacturers and importers, and providing for tax parity for all tobacco products. Additionally, the package includes $225 million dollars over the next 5 years to fund the creation of CDC-designed youth vaping prevention programs across the country, based on Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s PREVENT Act.
“As a proud cosponsor of HR 2339, which bans flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes and takes numerous steps to combat the youth vaping epidemic, I am thrilled that the U.S. House passed this bipartisan legislation,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “Importantly, this bill includes critical funding for youth-vaping prevention programs based on my bipartisan and bicameral legislation. As we continue the fight to end youth vaping, it is imperative that we prioritize programs dedicated to educating our young people and guiding them away from the dangers of e-cigarettes.”
The Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act revises requirements related to the safety, sale, and advertisement of tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (e.g., e-cigarettes, and vape pens). Among other provisions, the bill prohibits the online sale of tobacco products including e-cigarettes, requires colored warning labels on all cigarette packages depicting their negative health consequences, prohibits the use of flavored products in e-cigarettes, and increases penalties for those who sell tobacco products to minors while requiring the Government Accountability Office to study e-cigarettes.
“While the passage of this important bill is a significant step forward in the fight against youth vaping, there is still much work to be done,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi continued. “As we work to further protect our kids from the cynical manipulation of Big Tobacco, I remain committed to securing funding for the necessary resources to support our teachers and educators who are fighting on the front lines of this epidemic.”