Sign Our Petition to Tell Health & Human Services to Protect Our Kids – Clear the Markets of Flavored E-Cigs
Parents, grandparents and educators, help us "Clear the Markets" of flavored e-cigarettes. Sign on to this letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to move forward with addressing the youth vaping epidemic by clearing the markets of all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol.
The Honorable Alex Azar
Department of Health and Human Services
Dear Secretary Azar:
We write to you as parents, grandparents and educators to support the President's call to "clear the markets" of all flavored e-cigarettes. Safeguarding the health of our nation's children is paramount to us. Children must be protected from becoming addicted to nicotine and the dangers posed by tobacco product.
We ask for your leadership in ensuring that all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, are removed from the marketplace.
The dramatic increase in the number of youth vaping is staggering and we see it in our communities every day. Every high school in the nation is dealing with this epidemic. From 2017 to 2019, there was a 135 percent increase, and now one out of every four high school youth (27.5%) in America use these products. More than 6 out of 10 of these teens use fruit, menthol or mint-flavored e-cigarettes. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded there is "substantial evidence" that if a youth or young adult uses an e-cigarette, they are at increased risk of using traditional cigarettes.
Flavors in tobacco products attract kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the candy and fruit flavors found in e-cigarettes are one of the primary reasons kids use them. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 81 percent of youth who have ever used tobacco products initiated with a flavored product.
We need you to protect our nation’s youth from becoming another generation addicted to tobacco.
We thank you for prioritizing the health of our nation's children and urge you to move forward with addressing the youth vaping epidemic by clearing the markets of all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol.
I stand with the American Lung Association.
Page Last Updated: October 25, 2019
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