E&C Health Subcommittee to Hold Legislative Hearing to Address National Youth Tobacco Epidemic
Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced today that the Health Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, October 16, to consider Pallone’s legislation to respond to the national youth tobacco epidemic.
“Youth e-cigarette usage continues to increase at disturbing rates and the troubling reports of vaping-related illnesses and the many tragic losses of life make clear that Congress must pass comprehensive legislation to address this epidemic,” Pallone and Eshoo said. “This is a national public health crisis, and it’s why we’re taking up comprehensive legislation to address the proliferation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products among kids. Our country is on the cusp of losing a new generation to a lifetime of tobacco and nicotine addiction and we cannot allow this to happen.”
Earlier this year, Pallone and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) introduced The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, which includes a ban on all characterizing flavors of tobacco products, including menthol.
Additional details will be announced the week prior to the hearing.