The Myth of the Vaping Crisis is Sparking a New War on Flavored Nicotine Products – And That Harms Consumers
February 13, 2020
Washington, D.C. – In the lull after impeachment, members of the U.S. House are pushing a bill to eradicate entire categories of flavored nicotine products.
This sweeping ban would target menthol tobacco, flavored cigars, snus, and vaping products.
Yaël Ossowski, Consumer Choice Center Deputy Director, said "The goal is to significantly reduce or eliminate youth use of these products, which is a noble pursuit. But unfortunately, the proposed bill would fall short.
"The proposed law comes in the wake of the much-hyped "vaping crisis" that transpired over the summer, in which thousands of individuals suffered lung damage from inhaling vapor products.
"In the end, the culprit was revealed to be illegal cannabis vaping cartridges loaded with Vitamin E acetate and not nicotine vaping products, according to the Centers for Disease Control," said Ossowski.
"Despite those facts, the bill uses the debunked narrative on vaping to push a ban on unrelated items such as flavored cigars and smokeless products, and would outlaw menthol products that are used primarily in minority communities.
"This comes as both youth and adult-use of tobacco are at an all-time low. New harm-reducing technologies and education are already bringing down the use of tobacco in our country, and this bill does nothing but chase ghosts and punish responsible adult consumers," said Ossowski.