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House of Reps Pass Bill Eliminating Cigarette “Menthol Slavery”

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The House of Representatives has just passed, HR 2339, “Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019,” aimed at the unnecessary deaths, disability, and medical expenses caused by smoking tobacco cigarettes and the use of e-cigarettes.

The bill bans all flavorings, including menthol, to fight the growing epidemic of addiction to nicotine among children being created by the use of e-cigarettes, reports from the FDA suggest that there was a 78% increase in current e-cigarette use by high school students, as well as a 48% increase among middle school students from 2017 to 2018.

H.R. 2339 provides resources for a substantive public awareness campaign to educate about the dangers of tobacco use and reducing access to online purchases of flavored tobacco products. However, the legislation carves out an exemption for one flavored product, premium cigars.

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