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Anti-Tobacco Bill with ENGEL Provisions Passes House Health Subcommittee

Anti-Tobacco Bill with ENGEL Provisions Passes House Health Subcommittee

 

Congressman Eliot L. Engel lauded yesterday’s passage of H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. This comprehensive legislation, authored by Congressman Frank Pallone, will help reduce adolescent use of nicotine and tobacco products. Congressman Engel worked with Congressman Pallone to add provisions that would direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise existing public health education awareness campaigns on tobacco to ensure that they include programming for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21.

 

“Every day we hear another alarming story about the growing public health threat posed from vaping e-cigarettes,” Engel said. “The federal government needs to catch up to this crisis and one important way it can do that is by revising the anti-tobacco campaigns that help alert young people to the dangers posed by vaping. I’m proud that my provision was added to the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act and that it was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. I will continue to work toward its passage through the full committee and House.”

 

As with younger age groups, tobacco use—particularly vaping products—are becoming increasingly popular among young adults. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Survey, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, found that 16% of college students vaped nicotine in the past 30 days in 2018, up from just 6% in 2017. Current FDA public health campaigns such as the “The Real Cost” do not reach Americans aged 18 to 21. Congressman Engel’s provisions will fill this important gap in the federal government’s youth tobacco prevention efforts.

 

 

 

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