Several health advocacy groups are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban flavored tobacco products. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids joined forces to issue a report that suggests while young Americans are smoking fewer cigarettes, tobacco companies are instead “luring kids with candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars.”
In its report titled “The Flavor Trap,” these organizations are urging the FDA to prohibit all flavored tobacco products and are calling on Congress to reject any legislation that could weaken the FDA’s authority, especially toward e-cigarette and cigar products. As of now, only flavored cigarettes have been banned.
“Tobacco products simply shouldn’t be sold in flavors that appeal to kids, let alone in thousands of flavors that make them seem fun and harmless,” commented Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Some of the facts presented by the report include how e-cigarettes are available in more than 7,700 flavors with new ones added each month and how the sale of flavored cigars have increased by nearly 50 percent since 2008, and how flavored cigars made up 52.1 percent of the U.S. cigar market in 2015.
Currently, there are two bills in Congress that would scale back the FDA’s power over regulating these products, according to this report. One would move the predicate date which would allow more products to be on the market without regulation. Another bill would exempt premium cigars from FDA regulations. The report calls on the FDA to prohibit all the flavored tobacco products for the safety of kids and youth.
You can read the full report here.