To the Editor:
Re “F.D.A. Seeks Restrictions on Teens’ Access to Flavored E-Cigarettes and a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes” (Nov. 15):
I’ve spoken with the Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, on numerous occasions and have stressed to him the importance of tackling youth e-cigarette use, a growing national epidemic. So while I’m encouraged by the agency’s announcement, I feel that it is insufficient to fully address the problem at hand.
The agency’s proposal to ban flavored cigars and menthol in cigarettes could be a game changer. I applaud it for this potentially lifesaving decision and urge the agency to quickly move forward with implementation.
But young people are clever and resourceful and will find a way to obtain flavored e-cigarettes, as long as the devices remain on the market. Anything short of an outright ban puts an entire generation at risk of nicotine addiction.
The writer, a Democrat, represents New York’s 17th District in the House.
To the Editor:
The latest numbers are staggering: More than 3.6 million adolescents are using flavored nicotine-delivery systems like Juul, with a 78 percent increase for high school students and 48 percent among middle school students since last year alone.
While we applaud the Food and Drug Administration for making restrictive measures in some retail outlets, we believe that since research shows that flavors hook children, we need a total ban on all flavors to combat this adolescent public-health crisis and prevent younger children from starting.
The agency’s most serious moves focus on banning menthol cigarettes; that is very important, but not at all relevant to the problem of nicotine-addicted children who are “Juuling” without realizing that they are ingesting not only nicotine, which changes their developing brains, but also a cocktail of toxins whose dangerous effects may not be known for years.
Dina Colombo Alessi
Dorian Flynn Fuhrman
The writers are co-founders of Parents Against Vaping E-Cigarettes.
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