Help Us Ask the FDA to Strengthen Regulation
We need your help!
On April 24, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took the first small steps toward regulating other tobacco products by proposing a new rule. This new rule would include e-cigarettes, cigars, “little cigars” or cigarillos, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, and dissolvables (such as snus). The new rule requires manufacturers to disclose ingredient lists for their products and include warning labels on the product packaging and advertisement. It would ban the sale of these products to anyone under the age of 18, but we would like to see it go farther to protect young people from the addiction and harms of tobacco use.
Currently the rule does not prohibit the use of candy and fruit flavorings in these tobacco products nor does it restrict marketing. It is thought that the flavors and ads may account for the rapid rise in cigarillo and e-cigarette use by young people.
The Wichita store audit showed that 97% of convenience stores and 83% of other stores sell flavored little cigars and cigarillos. 88% of convenience stores sold e-cigarette refills in many flavors, some even offering a buy 9 get 1 free card, like a coffee or sandwich shop. Help us let the FDA know we want stricter guidelines that prohibit youth-appealing flavors and advertising.