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Congressman Bishop Introduces Bill to Protect Children from E-Cigarette Marketing

Posted on 02 April 2014

Late last week, U.S. Representatives Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Tim Bishop introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes to children.

Currently, e-cigarettes are unregulated. According to the bill, manufacturers are targeting children and teens through advertising to get them hooked early on nicotine. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 1.8 million middle and high school students nationwide have tried e-cigarettes, and over 75 percent have also smoked traditional cigarettes. And these numbers are increasing dramatically. In a single year, 2011 to 2012, the percentage of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes more than doubled.

“After decades spent working to curb youth tobacco use and the cigarette advertising targeted at children, we must remain vigilant for new attempts to get kids hooked on nicotine products,” said Mr. Bishop in a press release. “Although the electronic cigarettes that are being marketed may not contain tobacco, they contain many of the other harmful substances found in cigarettes—including nicotine. We cannot allow these products to be marketed toward children.”

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver chemicals, such as nicotine, in the form of an inhaled aerosol. Currently, unlike traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, e-cigarettes can be legally sold to minors under the age of 18 in many states. According to the Surgeon General, nine out of 10 smokers began smoking before age 18.

There are serious health concerns with e-cigarettes, which may contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals like diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze. Studies have shown that nicotine use negatively affects children’s brain development.

The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act prohibits advertising, promoting, or marketing e-cigarettes in a manner that increases children’s use of e-cigarettes. The bill would allow for enforcement by state attorneys general and other officials, while also providing a mechanism for states to work with the Federal Trade Commission.

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One Response to “Congressman Bishop Introduces Bill to Protect Children from E-Cigarette Marketing”

  1. Robert Copia says:

    As a long-term smoker, I found it impossible to quit until three and a half years ago when I used my first e-cig. I have not smoked a cigarette since and my health has improved drastically.
    The purchase of e-cigs should be restricted to those under 18, and strict age verification should be used in retail and online sales as is used for the purchase of alcohol. All e-cig material should be kept out of reach from children along with, drugs, cosmetics,, cleaning products, fluoride toothpaste etc. and other products that are harmful if ingested.. I would not even use the compact fluorescent light bulbs which contain MERCURY powder and gas and are very hazardous if shattered.
    Then let the politicians and other protectors of children deal with the more serious dangers to our children such as:
    1. The Centers For Disease Control reports, “33% of 8th graders used alcohol in the last month”.
    2.National Institute of Health reports “23% of 12th graders used marijuana in the last 30 days and 6.5% use it daily.
    3. 60,000 children are in the Emergency Room each year because of accidental poisoning by prescription drugs.
    4. Autism effects 0ne in 58 children..
    Our leaders are too busy in their propaganda campaign of fear to dissuade hopelessly addicted smokers from trying an e-cig which should really be called a “personal nicotine vaporizer”
    Pharma companies Glaxo and Pfizer sell “quit smoking” products, nicotine gum, lozenges patches inhalers, mind-altering psychiatric drugs Chantix and Zyban etc, which they would like to sell you every day for as long as you live. These products have low rates of success. The mini lozenges look just like Tic Tacs and could be mistaken for candy. The Nicotrol vaporizer works similar to the ecig, you inhale liquid nicotine with the spray you shoot it up your nose.
    Zyban is actually the anti-depressant, Wellbutrin with dangerous side effects. Chantix is the leader in adverse effect reporting to the FDA, suicide, violent behavior etc.
    In the last election cycle, 2010-2011, Pharma companies contributed TEN Million dollars to the politicians who are now doing there bidding to destroy the competition, BIG PHARMA verses “little”e-cig.
    Bloomberg News, 2/19/2014 reports,” Glaxo Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying On E-Cigarettes”.
    Forbes Magazine, 7/2/2012, The article, “Dr. Drew Was Paid By Glaxo To Talk Up Antidepressants.’ includes link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against Glaxo which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of Antidepressants to children and adolescents, through their Doctors..
    New York Times 77/2/2012, “GLAXO Agrees To Pay Three Billion Dollar Fraud Settlement” ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges after a 10 year investigation led by “whistle blowers”
    Many of your leaders are working for the people that tried to harm your children. Please , think about it.

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