While Democratic lawmakers publicly laud the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for denying more than 1 million applications for vape products, they continue to be frustrated that the FDA is dragging its feet on deciding the fate of some of the more high-profile applications.  

Now, instead of waiting for the FDA to conclude their review process, some members of Congress have decided to introduce even more vaping-related legislation in a misguided attempt to put a stop to a supposed youth vaping epidemic.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) recently introduced the Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette and Tobacco Addiction (PROTECT) Act. The legislation would earmark federal funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and states to improve “research, education, and outreach” and provide such agencies and “localities with the funds and tools necessary to protect young people from the e-cigarette industry’s manipulative practices.”

It’s overwhelmingly apparent that these Democratic lawmakers didn’t really examine the latest results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey – ironically administered by the CDC. If they had, they would have found that in 2021, only 11.3 percent of high school students and 4.7 percent of middle school students reported using an e-cigarette on at least one occasion in the 30 days prior to the survey.

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Lindsey Stroud – TownHall – 2021-10-11.

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