Statement of American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer:
“The Administration’s announced plan to direct FDA to remove all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the marketplace is a vital and positive step to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic. E-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. No one should use e-cigarettes.
“The Lung Association has long advocated for the removal of flavored tobacco products, as flavors have been shown to initiate kids to tobacco use and a lifetime of addiction and tobacco-related death and disease. We are anxious to review all of the details of the Administration’s plan.
“We urge the FDA to take immediate and definitive action to remove all flavored tobacco products from the market, including menthol cigarettes. In the face of a youth e-cigarette epidemic, the FDA should not further delay steps to protect the public health and to prevent the next generation from becoming addicted to tobacco products.”
Learn more about e-cigarettes and lung health at Lung.org/ecigs. For media interested in speaking with an expert about e-cigarettes, tobacco use and lung health, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.