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ADA, others urge Congress to oppose tobacco bill

March 31, 2017 Washington — The ADA and 42 other organizations are urging Congress to oppose, H.R., 1136, legislation that would exempt e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products from "an important product review designed to protect public health."

H.R. 1136, the Food and Drug Administration Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017, would "significantly weaken FDA's ability to take prompt action to protect children from the thousands of fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars including flavors such as cotton candy, gummy bear and fruit punch that clearly appeal to kids," wrote the coalition in a March 27 letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, any tobacco product introduced after Feb. 15, 2007, must be reviewed by the FDA, giving the agency time to assess a new product's health risks, addictiveness and likelihood that it would increase the number of young people who use it. It ensures that the decision to market a potentially addictive and harmful product is not left to manufacturers alone.

H.R. 1136 would "fundamentally change" the Tobacco Control Act by exempting e-cigarettes, cigars, and certain other tobacco products that entered the market between February 15, 2007, and August 8, 2016, from FDA review, the coalition noted, and would also make it more difficult for FDA to protect public health, including the millions of youth who use e-cigarettes and cigars.

The ADA is working with policymakers, public health leaders and others to help prevent oral cancer, pharyngeal cancer and other oral diseases associated with tobacco use. The Association is especially concerned about the oral health impact of the latest generation of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-cigarette cartridges, snus, dissolvable tobacco, tobacco gels and more. Follow all of the ADA's advocacy efforts in tobacco at