Today, the American Lung Association in South Carolina issued the following statement regarding House Bill 3681, which would prevent communities from passing local ordinances to protect kids from tobacco and vaping products. The bill will be heard in the subcommittee tomorrow, March 10 at 9 a.m.
“The American Lung Association urges lawmakers to oppose House Bill 3681. This bill would take away the right of local communities to pass laws on cigarettes and vaping products that address flavors, ingredients and licensing. This legislation is a win for Big Tobacco and a loss for communities that want to protect their children and youth from the harm of tobacco and flavored nicotine products.
“Teen e-cigarette use continues to be alarmingly high and has created a new generation addicted to deadly tobacco products. Youth vaping and tobacco use is largely driven by flavored tobacco products like mint, menthol, fruit, candy, and dessert flavors.
“Tobacco control policy should not be controlled only at the state level. Each level of government brings its own strengths, and local governments are often best informed about issues in their communities.
“The need to protect youth from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is more important than ever. We urge our South Carolina lawmakers to vote NO on HB 3681."
About the American Lung Association
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.