House votes to ban flavored tobacco products

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to prohibit all flavored tobacco products, which include flavored cigars, flavored e-cigarettes, and menthol cigarettes.

The Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act also prohibits the online sales of most tobacco products; extends advertising restrictions to apply cigarettes to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes; and requires the Food and Drug Administration to implement the graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising as required under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act.

In addition, the bill imposes a federal tax on nicotine used in e-cigarettes, funds comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment in Community Health Centers, and funds a national campaign to educate youth, parents and health-care providers on the health risks of tobacco products.

This bill has the support of more than 75 organizations.

“This bill is urgently needed to reverse the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic,” the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said. “The latest data shows that more than 5.3 million kids now use e-cigarettes, including over 1 in 4 high school students. Flavored e-cigarettes have fueled this crisis as nearly all youth e-cigarette users use flavored products, and most cite flavors as a key reason for their use.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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