HR 4019, the Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018, addresses the recent rise in under-age use of e-cigarette usage. The bill would allow for schools to access funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to educate students to reduce or eliminate the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Further, the bill would explicitly prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco products by amending the Pro-Children’s Act of 2001. Finally, the bill would also mandate that the Food and Drug Administration conduct a study with the Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control or Prevention to address:
How schools can best address e-cigarette use in school, including banning e-cigarette use on school grounds or educational campaigns;
Knowledge gaps regarding the consequences of e-cigarette use in teenagers and young adults;
How dosages and responses of e-cigarettes compare to combustible tobacco smoking in teenagers and young adults; and
The current efforts to curb e-cigarette usage in schools.
Axios – A diverse and growing coalition is pushing Congress to raise the federal age limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. It's even attracting some industry support, potentially as a way to help avoid a regulatory crackdown on e-cigarettes.
NPR – The FDA said it wants to sharply reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The idea is to help wean smokers off their deadly habit and prevent millions more from becoming regular smokers in the first place.
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