Advocacy Action Alert! Tell the White House the FDA should regulate all tobacco products

by ASAM Staff | October 23, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27, ASAM is joining the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for a National Call-In Day to tell President Obama to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah.

Currently FDA regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. It has proposed extending its authority to cover additional products that meet the definition of a tobacco product under the proposed rule: Tobacco Products Deemed To Be Subject to the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (Deeming). Proposed newly “deemed” products would include electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables that are not “smokeless tobacco,” gels, and waterpipe tobacco. It's been more than a year since FDA issued the draft Deeming r​ule, but it has yet to finalize it.

Add your voice to the advocacy effort by calling the White House at 202-456-1111 on Tuesday, October 27 and use the talking points below to push for a final rule!

Talking Points

  • I’m calling today to ask President Obama to finalize regulations to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to protect our kids and the public health from e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah.  
  • Over 2 million kids are now using e-cigarettes, 1.4 million kids are smoking cigars and 1.6 million smoke hookah.  There is NO federal oversight of these products and the companies are using candy and fruit-flavored products to target kids.  It is past time to close the e-cigarette and cigar loophole. 
  • Please feel free to share a brief personal story on why this is important to you.  It might be that you don’t want your kids to use tobacco products, that you are or were a smoker, or you just want to protect our nation’s health.  
  • Thank you. I hope we can count on the President to protect our kids from all tobacco products.

Learn more by reading the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' comments on the proposed rule here.

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  1. j May 14, 2016 - 04:27 AM
    You idiots kids use those flavored cigars to put weed in. Why the hell would you regulate a small batch cigar that cost $20 each. I have never in my life heard of a kid smoking one. And guess what humans like sweet tasting things. That's why why e-juice is fruity and sweet. Have you ever seen a Ben and jerrys ice cream flavor being bitter and nasty. This nanny state shit need to stop.

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