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American Lung Association Applauds Rhode Island Governor Raimondo Action to Address E-Cigarette Public Health Emergency

(September 25, 2019) - Providence, RI

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Jennifer Solomon
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(516) 680-8927

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo today issued an executive order to protect citizens of her state from the ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic by ending the sales of all flavored e-cigarettes in Rhode Island. The need for such action is even more urgent in light of continuing reports of severe lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, as the developing lungs of youth might be at greater risk.

“The American Lung Association applauds Governor Raimondo for announcing this strong action to suspend sales of flavored e-cigarettes in Rhode Island. Most kids initiate tobacco use with flavors, so ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes is critical to addressing the youth e-cigarette epidemic,” said Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President of State Public Policy for the American Lung Association. “We are hopeful that all flavored e-cigarettes including mint and menthol will be included in this measure.  We were also excited to see the announcement that the state will look to extend the existing tax on other tobacco products to e-cigarette products, and to also look into restricting the sale of tobacco products to 21 years old.

“The American Lung Association once again reiterates the message for the public to stop using e-cigarettes. We also call for strong and decisive federal action from the FDA to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes in order to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic nationwide.”

The youth e-cigarette epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency that must be urgently confronted. In new preliminary data from the National Tobacco Youth Survey, e-cigarette use soared by another 32 percent among high school students from 2018-2019 showing that now 27.5 percent of high school users have used e-cigarettes in the last month.  

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