Lowey Expresses Solidarity with Pleasantville Parents, Community Members over Local Vaping Store
Pleasantville, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today expressed her solidarity with parents and other community members who joined together for a special school board meeting at Pleasantville High School over concerns regarding the opening of a local vaping store on Wheeler Avenue, where children gather, potentially making it easier for students to obtain e-cigarettes.
“I applaud the Pleasantville Union Free School District for raising concerns regarding the opening of a local vaping store and convening this meeting with parents and community members,” Congresswoman Lowey said in a written statement. “With high levels of formaldehyde and other dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals, and marketing ploys aimed squarely at children, parents and members of the community must do all we can to combat youth smoking and prevent epidemic levels of e-cigarette use. Rest assured I will continue leading the fight to ensure that any tobacco industry efforts to weaken the FDA’s regulation of tobacco products never become law.”
While federal law requires that no child under 18 can legally purchase tobacco products, the numbers prove that children are still able to easily access e-cigarettes and vaping chemicals. E-cigarette use among teens has risen tenfold in the past decade, rising to 16 percent of teens in 2015, or an estimated three million American teens. In addition, many tobacco companies and vaping stores are actively marketing their products toward children, with more than 7,000 flavors of e-cigarettes on the market, including flavors like Fruit Loops, Gummy Bears, and Swedish Fish.
In Congress, Congresswoman Lowey is leading the fight to regulate e-cigarettes. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Lowey offered an amendment in the House Appropriations Committee to protect the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ability to regulate the chemicals and batteries used in e-cigarettes.
“If we do not combat smoking now, including vaping, we will pay greatly increased costs associated with cancer, lung disease, and more for years to come,” added Congresswoman Lowey. “The community must work together to ensure that e-cigarettes do not make it into the hands of our children.”
Congresswoman Lowey’s statement was delivered by a staff member. At the time of the meeting, Congresswoman Lowey was headed to Washington, DC, for legislative business.