On Monday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that they plan to introduce a bill this week that will regulate e-cigarette flavorings and ban flavors in cigars. Experts say that the proposed legislation is a step toward keeping young people from trying e-cigarettes, but it may not get very far in Congress as the midterms approach. The awkwardly named “Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids” (or SAFE Kids) act would require vape manufacturers to prove that their flavorings aren’t harmful, don’t tempt kids into using nicotine, and actually help adults quit, the announcement says. If they don’t, the products wouldn’t be allowed to stay on the market. It’s the latest shot in Durbin’s ongoing campaign to keep young people from using vapes, which he’s called “candy-flavored poisons” in the past, according to Roll Call. “I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ cooked up by Big Tobacco to hook a new generation,” Durbin said in a statement on Monday. That recipe includes “flavors that shamelessly appeal to kids,” Durbin said. This isn’t the first time that regulators have eyed flavorings in tobacco products. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned all flavors except menthol in combustible cigarettes. The ban worked: adolescents were 17 percent less likely to become cigarette smokers after it was enacted, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. But the FDA didn’t have the power to regulate cigars or e-cigarettes until 2016, and those products… [Read full story]
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