A bill designed to destroy the vaping industry was introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives. The bill, if passed, would ban flavors and online sales, and set the minimum age for purchasing vapes at 21. It would also extract $100 million in FDA user fees from the industry.
The bill’s sponsors are Reps. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Donna Shalala of Florida, both Democrats. The bill is supported by all major tobacco control and anti-vaping groups in Washington.
The bill, known as the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, purports to address youth tobacco use, but despite banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, its authors are clearly focused on vaping, not smoking. The bill would:
- Prohibit all “characterizing flavors” except tobacco, unless they are specifically approved by the FDA
- Prohibit online sales
- Gives FDA authority to collect $100 million in user fees from the vaping industry
- Prohibits sales to anyone under 21
- Orders FDA to issue a rule on the regulation of products using synthetic nicotine
- Extends all FDA rules on sales and marketing of cigarettes to vaping products, including advertising rules
There are other active bills in Congress that include some of these provisions, but none until now have included all of them.
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