Protect Public From Carcinogenic Cigarettes

Target: Jeff Sessions, Attorney General

Goal: Ensure e-cigarettes are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Trump administration has delayed enforcement of Obama-era rules granting regulatory authority over e-cigarettes to the Food and Drug Administration. It would have marked the first time makers of e-cigarettes faced government scrutiny in line with traditional tobacco products.

E-cigarette usage has increased dramatically in the United States. This is most evident in young populations, as the rate of use among high school students climbed over 900 percent between 2011 and 2015. E-cigarette manufacturers have touted their products as a healthier, “cooler” alternative to cigarettes even as concerns are raised regarding their safety. A Surgeon General report released in 2016 found that in addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes frequently contained carcinogens such as formaldehyde and classified e-cigarette use as a “significant public health concern.” The American Lung Association has strongly advocated for government oversight.

Maintaining an unregulated e-cigarette industry is a primary objective for Trump administration officials, several of whom have direct ties to e-cigarette manufacturers. For instance, Scott Gottlieb, the newly confirmed FDA chief, previously served on the board of a large e-cigarette firm. E-cigarette companies made significant contributions in support of President Trump’s inauguration. The industry has also lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill, with one Republican lawmaker introducing a bill to scrap e-cigarette regulations containing language copy and pasted directly from an e-cigarette company policy proposal.

Time and again the Trump administration has sided with business interests at the expense of public safety. Please sign the below petition demanding the implementation of common sense e-cigarette regulations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

I am writing to urge that the Justice Department abandon its efforts to delay FDA oversight of e-cigarette manufacturers. The absence of regulation has helped fuel a 900 percent increase in the number of high school students using e-cigarettes. A report released by the Surgeon General found that in addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes frequently contain known carcinogens such as formaldehyde.

Illnesses related to tobacco use, such as lung cancer, kill over 400,000 Americans each year. Demonstrate your commitment to public health and safety by supporting common sense e-cigarette regulation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Your information is totally false. You shouldn’t be allowed to post a petition containing erroneous information. E cigarettes have been proven to be 97% safer than cigarettes in other countries. Any negative information on them in the US is the tobacco companies pushing to get them regulated as their business has been astronomically harmed from the sales of e cigarettes.
    Do your research.

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