New Bills in Congress Would Ban Vape Flavors

A new law that would effectively destroy the independent vaping industry will be introduced this week in separate bills in the Senate and House of Representatives.

The bills, called the SAFE Kids Act, will be formally introduced in the Senate sometime this week by Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, and in the House by Reps. Diana DeGette (CO) and Jamie Raskin (MD), both Democrats. (The bills have not been published at this time. When they are, we will update this article with the bill numbers.)

The name SAFE Kids is short for Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids, according to a Murkowski press release. If passed it would give makers of e-liquid flavors (aside from tobacco) one year to prove their products meet three requirements:

  • Help adults quit smoking cigarettes
  • Do not increase youth initiation of nicotine or tobacco products
  • Do not increase the risk of harm to the person using the flavor

If the manufacturers are unable to prove any of these criteria, their products would be banned. The law would also ban all flavored cigars. The wording of the text is virtually identical to the flavor ban component of the bill recently introduced in the House by Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

Proving such broad claims would require years and millions of dollars for clinical studies and other research, which would probably be beyond the reach of any vape manufacturer except JUUL and the tobacco companies. The law would be an effective ban on all flavored e-liquid.

“Ask any teacher, parent, or public health expert: E-cigarette use among America’s youth is officially an epidemic. These products have spread throughout our communities, and their popularity among children is due to one factor: flavors that are intentionally meant to appeal to kids, like cotton candy, kool-aid grape, gummy bear, and fruity hoops,” said Senator Durbin. “I’m concerned that powerful e-cigarette companies are winning the war for our children’s health and well-being. If we don’t want the next generation of Americans to grow up with a lifelong addiction to nicotine – one that could very well kill them – then passing the SAFE Kids Act is absolutely critical.”



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