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Coalition asks Congress to ban flavored tobacco products

September 12, 2019 Washington — The ADA is calling on Congress to crack down on the use of flavors in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.

In a Sept. 9 coalition letter, the ADA and 44 other health groups asked members of Congress to cosponsor the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids Act, or SAFE Kids Act. The bill would prohibit tobacco products other than cigarettes from containing flavors other than natural tobacco.

“Cracking down on flavored tobacco products is one of the most important steps Congress can take to reverse an epidemic in youth e-cigarette use and reduce youth use of other tobacco products,” the coalition wrote.

Flavors are a primary reason why youth start using e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, according to the letter.

The bill would allow some artificial flavors in vaping products, but only if there is evidence that the flavors will help smokers quit or deter youth initiation of nicotine or tobacco use.

The coalition letter was sent two days ahead of the Trump Administration’s Sept. 11 announcement that it would seek to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts on tobacco at ADA.org/tobacco.