WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ (D-IL) Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act as part of a major anti-tobacco package.
“Across the country, vaping among students has soared and the horror stories are getting worse: teens hospitalized after vaping, third graders caught using e-cigarettes – and that’s just in my district,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “When it comes to youth vaping, we must fight for our children’s future. I was glad to cast my vote today to help put an end to the teen vaping scourge.”
Today, more than 5.3 million middle and high school students are using e-cigarettes – more than twice as many as just two years ago. According to the CDC, vaping among high school students rose from 1.5 percent to 27.5 percent between 2011 and 2019. Among middle school students, vaping skyrocketed from 0.6 percent to 10.5 percent.
Illinois, ranks among the top two states in the nation on the number of reported cases, and is among the states with the highest number of deaths. In Peoria, an 18-year-old teen was hospitalized in September of 2019, after years of vaping.
Congresswoman Bustos introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct stronger oversight of the e-cigarette industry and increase awareness of the danger of e-cigarettes. The bill’s language was included and passed as part of the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019.
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Bustos pushed Secretary DeVos on committing to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce youth and teen vaping.
The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would enforce, educate and regulate by doing the following:
- Enforce: Authorize the FDA to collect user fees from all manufacturers of products that have been deemed as tobacco products by FDA, including e-cigarettes. The amount collected from individual e-cigarette manufacturers will be proportional to their share of the overall tobacco market, as determined by FDA.
- Educate: Allow the FDA to use this additional revenue from e-cigarette user fees to help support efforts to educate youth on the dangers of e-cigarettes, enforce regulations and conduct safety reviews on products.
- Regulate: Increase the total amount that will be collected in tobacco user fees by $100 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and indexes that amount to inflation for future years.
The Congresswoman has held two local roundtables on the issue.