Lowey Statement on FDA’s E-Cigarette Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement on enforcement actions on sale of e-cigarettes to youth, including that it is considering pulling flavored e-cigarette products from the market:
“It is a welcome sign that the FDA has acknowledged what parents, teachers, the public health community, and elected officials, myself included, have been warning about for years—that e-cigarette use among teens has reached an epidemic. But the agency should not delay in removing these products from the market. We have known for some time that many companies and sellers actively -- and successfully -- market products toward children, with flavors like Fruit Loops, Gummy Bears, and Swedish Fish, which mask the dangerous, addictive chemicals in e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. FDA must close the window of opportunity for young people to get hooked on nicotine, staving off the next public health emergency in the process. I thank Commissioner Gottlieb for his announcement today, and urge him to keep his foot on the gas to protect public health.”
Congresswoman Lowey has been a leader in the U.S. House for regulating e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. During an April 17, 2018, Appropriations hearing, Lowey challenged Commissioner Gottlieb on the agency’s approach to e-cigarettes, particularly JUULs, warning that delaying action will put youth at unnecessary risk. She has also hosted multiple roundtables in Rockland and Westchester with students, local officials, community leaders, medical experts, and advocates on the dangers of youth smoking and has commended the Rockland and Westchester County Legislatures for banning the sale of cigarette products to those under 21 years of age.