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National Flavor Ban Legislation Resurfaces

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While San Francisco, New York State and more huge regions are looking at possible flavor bans, two senators are seeking a sweeping nationwide ban on e-cigarette flavors.

Alaska-based KTVA reports state senior Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) started their crusade against e-cigarette flavors in the summer of 2018, with the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids Act (SAFE Kids Act). They have reintroduced the legislation this month. The SAFE Kids Act “would give e-cigarette manufacturers one year to prove that their products help adults quit smoking, do not increase youth nicotine or tobacco use and do not increase harm to someone using the flavoring.” If all of these criteria are met, the manufacturers would be able to keep their products on the shelves.

Murkowski’s statement to KTVA says that she’s happy the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to restrict flavors, but she wants a nationwide law in place.

Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) and Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) introduced the companion bill to Murkowski and Durbin’s proposed legislation. DeGette’s influence was reported by Myarklamiss.com, which shared that her bill was introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday. She said in a statement: "To me, there is no legitimate reason to sell any product with names such as cotton candy or tutti frutti, unless you are trying to market it to children. Most experts agree that the kid-friendly flavors that e-cigarette manufacturers are selling with these products are one of the leading causes of this spike in use among our high school and middle school students."

If this bill passes, companies would only have one year to reach the above mentioned criteria.

Mark Anton, executive director of industry group Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), previously told CNN that SFATA agrees with prevention of vaping and smoking within the minor demographic. However, he doesn’t think banning flavors is the way to go.