U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants to see evidence vaping is beneficial to adults attempting to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
The Colorado Democrat also wants validation the industry’s “kid-friendly” products can be kept away from minors.
Or else …
Federal authorities could soon be armed with legislation to ban fruity flavors from retail stores.
DeGette remains poised to introduce a House bill with language prohibiting the manufacture and sale of e-cigarette products unless the vaping companies, led by JUUL Labs, can validate their claims of serving as a primary secession aid, according to denverpost.com.
“I don’t think they can prove that, but I think we should give them due process,” DeGette told reporters
Monday while visiting Children’s Hospital Colorado. “There is no legitimate reason for any company to sell products with monikers like ‘gummy bear,’ ‘cotton candy’ and ‘tutti frutti.’ (The products are) only going to appeal to children.”
DeGette’s bill features a one-year timeframe for vaping companies to create a marketing plan and initiate it, proving to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) their devices can play a significant role in improving public health.
If the companies cannot prove to the FDA their devices can help long-term smokers quit and keep them out of reach of teens and pre-teens, then the proposed ban will be imposed.
Considering Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment reported in July 2018 nearly half of the state’s high school students experienced vaping, believe “JUULing” is far less risky than smoking combustible cigarettes and are confident they can “score” vaping products without much hassle, it’s little wonder DeGette helped author the proposed legislation. Among all 50 states, Colorado has the highest percentage of teen vapers, nearly doubling the national rate.
“(FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott) Gottlieb is very, very concerned about the impact this vaping is having on children,” DeGette said.
With the bill slated to be introduced today, DeGette was confident it will pass the House and move on to the Senate where it has “some real potential,” she said.
Then it will be on the companies to make the case for the future of the vaping industry.
Or else …
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