Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration blocked the sale of 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products:
“The FDA made the right decision to block the sale of 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products. With flavors like Apple Crumble, Dr. Cola and Cinnamon Toast Cereal, it’s obvious these products are being marketed toward young, first-time users and are driving the youth vaping crisis plaguing our country.
“Youth e-cigarette use is on the rise, bringing with it a higher risk of addiction, serious lung damage and even death. According to the CDC, 3.6 million young Americans used e-cigarettes last year. Of those, 85 percent of high school students and 74 percent of middle school students reported using flavored e-cigarettes.
“It’s clear that targeting e-cigarettes to kids, through flavors and how they are advertised, is contributing to a public health problem. The FDA’s decision attacks the root of the problem and will help protect our youth from nicotine addiction and use of other tobacco products in the future.”
- Senators Feinstein and John Cornyn (R-Texas) authored the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, which was signed into law last year.
- The law mandates that e-cigarettes receive the same strong safeguards already in place for traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, including mandatory age verification by online e-cigarette sellers before shipment, properly labeled packages showing they contain e-cigarettes and a second round of age verification upon delivery, including an adult’s signature.
- In June, Senators Feinstein and Cornyn called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to quickly implement provisions of the law requiring the Postal Service to apply the same mailing restrictions to e-cigarette products that are currently in place for traditional cigarettes.