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house Bill H.R. 1498

Should E-Cigarette Manufacturers Be Prohibited From Flavoring Their Products to Appeal to Kids?

Argument in favor

Fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette products appeal to children, increasing the probability that they’ll use these products to smoke. E-Cigarette manufacturers need to defend their product flavorings’ benefits — and lack of risks — if they want to continue flavoring them this way.

Brent's Opinion
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07/19/2019
My kids get vaping ads on their social media apps while I don’t. They are poisoning children while we don’t even know long term health effects. Nicotine is an insecticide used in greenhouse industry. Shouldn’t be flavoring poison so our children use it!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/19/2019
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 1498 AKA the “SAFE Kids Act” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full support of and Republicans the House Bill H.R. 1498— the SAFE Kids Act which would give e-cigarette manufacturers one year to prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the use of flavorings in e-cigarettes to create flavors such as gummy bear, cotton candy, tutti fruitti, and cookies ‘n cream, is: 1) solely to help adults stop smoking cigarettes, 2) doesn’t lead to increased e-cigarette use among teens, and 3) doesn’t cause any additional harm to users. Fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette products appeal to children, increasing the probability that they’ll use these products to smoke. E-Cigarette manufacturers need to defend their product flavorings’ benefits — and lack of risks — if they want to continue flavoring them this way. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.18.19.....
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Jakob's Opinion
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07/19/2019
Although many have said that e-cigarettes have helped them quite smoking, we need to stop encouraging our children to take up this habit at such a young age. Getting teenagers hooked on nicotine under the guise of “smoke free” is quite similar to the tobacco industry’s horrible tactics.
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Argument opposed

This bill would be prohibitively expensive for all but the biggest e-cigarette manufacturers to comply with. Thus, it constitutes a blanket ban on around 95 percent of e-cigarette products currently on the market, disproportionately hurting small businesses in this space.

Steve's Opinion
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07/19/2019
They also appeal to adults, you rubes. Educate the kids about COPD and lung cancer. Make smarter people, not dumber laws.
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Bertrand's Opinion
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07/19/2019
Although I’ve cut back some now, I used to vape quite frequently. Vaping enabled me to get off my heavy cigarette habit. And then eventually I quit that too. I’m totally clean now and in far better health. But I never would have gone over to vaping without the tasty candy flavors. I get angry when I hear about proposals to banish all the ‘good’ flavors as if they’re strictly for kids. Do people think older people prefer flavors like ‘Car Muffler’ or ‘Dirty Shoe’? I believe that vaping is a modern health miracle saving countless people from the horrors of lung cancer. I’m sure that most kids will eventually get bored with it eventually as I did. Government needs to stay out of this.
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Cherie65's Opinion
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07/19/2019
What if adults want the flavor? This is a parent issue. STOP MANAGING OUR LIVES.
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    My kids get vaping ads on their social media apps while I don’t. They are poisoning children while we don’t even know long term health effects. Nicotine is an insecticide used in greenhouse industry. Shouldn’t be flavoring poison so our children use it!
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    They also appeal to adults, you rubes. Educate the kids about COPD and lung cancer. Make smarter people, not dumber laws.
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    Although I’ve cut back some now, I used to vape quite frequently. Vaping enabled me to get off my heavy cigarette habit. And then eventually I quit that too. I’m totally clean now and in far better health. But I never would have gone over to vaping without the tasty candy flavors. I get angry when I hear about proposals to banish all the ‘good’ flavors as if they’re strictly for kids. Do people think older people prefer flavors like ‘Car Muffler’ or ‘Dirty Shoe’? I believe that vaping is a modern health miracle saving countless people from the horrors of lung cancer. I’m sure that most kids will eventually get bored with it eventually as I did. Government needs to stay out of this.
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    What if adults want the flavor? This is a parent issue. STOP MANAGING OUR LIVES.
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    I agree with not encouraging kids to vape by marketing ‘kid-named’ flavors. However, I have a big problem when reading the justification for doing this. In the same sentence it is stated that tobacco use is unhealthy and to protect kids from the evils of tobacco use, we need to control their access to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes by definition are NOT tobacco products. As I read this, it could be an endorsement for vaping in lieu of smoking. So, if the sponsors of this bill cannot get the facts straight and make a logical argument, how could anyone possibly support it?
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    The fact is that these flavors just so happen to be flavors that adults that are trying to quit smoking or adults that wanted an alternative to smoking like. When you have a product that can be flavored differently and easily, you’re gonna do it. There’s a reason chewing tobacco is available in many flavors too but cigarettes aren’t and that’s because burning flavors tastes like garbage. The fact that a lot of flavors that adults like also happen to be flavors youths like is a side effect and realistically, the government should have to be the ones to show hard evidence that they are exclusively doing it to target kids... not the other way around. It’s supposed to be innocent until PROVEN guilty isn’t it? Quit trying to over regulate a much safer smoking alternative while cigarette companies still put rat poison amongst many other extremely harmful chemicals in their product. The body has NICOTINE receptors naturally for a reason. Nicotine isn’t a bad substance on its own in moderation. Cyanide, Arsenic...etc that these tobacco products have added to them however are killers on their own.
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    As an ex smoker, used e-cigarrets to quit smoking 3 years ago successfully. The flavors helped with the transition.
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    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 House Bill H.R. 1498 AKA the “SAFE Kids Act” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full support of and Republicans the House Bill H.R. 1498— the SAFE Kids Act which would give e-cigarette manufacturers one year to prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the use of flavorings in e-cigarettes to create flavors such as gummy bear, cotton candy, tutti fruitti, and cookies ‘n cream, is: 1) solely to help adults stop smoking cigarettes, 2) doesn’t lead to increased e-cigarette use among teens, and 3) doesn’t cause any additional harm to users. Fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette products appeal to children, increasing the probability that they’ll use these products to smoke. E-Cigarette manufacturers need to defend their product flavorings’ benefits — and lack of risks — if they want to continue flavoring them this way. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.18.19.....
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    No to HR 1498. Democrats are nasty, vicious, socialist control freaks. Every bad idea they wrap in a blanket of “it’s for the good of the children“. If e-cigarette makers want to flavor of their products then so be it. Democrats controlling e-cigarette‘s flavoring is not an enumerated power in the Constitution. And don’t tell me it’s allowed under the “interstate commerce clause“. Get them the hell out of our lives. Now!
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    This is a Free country. Even though I don’t smoke I believe it should be allowed
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    Although many have said that e-cigarettes have helped them quite smoking, we need to stop encouraging our children to take up this habit at such a young age. Getting teenagers hooked on nicotine under the guise of “smoke free” is quite similar to the tobacco industry’s horrible tactics.
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    Ok folks. I am a smoker. I am also a vaper. Although I don’t endorse anyone starting to smoke and/or vape, it doesn’t matter. No matter what anyone says, does or whatever laws they pass if someone wants it bad enough, they will get ahold of it. Where I live it’s illegal to sell or have cigarettes or vape until the age of 18. Guess what? I can come up with a list 2 pages long of underage smokers and vapers.
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    This should be treated the same as cigarettes. If you’re old enough to vape, you’re old enough to go without candy flavor. If cigarettes were in these flavors, nobody would think twice about this bill.
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    We know from history that the poison shilling chem-pushers of the nicotine industry will lie, cheat, and steal to get people addicted. They are the definition of dishonest bad actors. The drug pushers need to hook new addicts as the old addicts die off. Lifelong addicts make them more money. Of course they are targeting kids. Anyone under the illusions that the flavors are not targeted at kids are delusional. All y’all adult smokers can kill yourselves all you want but you’re not entitled to endanger other with your drug addiction. No flavors. It doesn’t need to “taste good”. Don’t encourage drug addicts to spread their addiction. What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes https://www.ted.com/talks/suchitra_krishnan_sarin_what_you_should_know_about_vaping_and_e_cigarettes
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    Absolutely; I’m not sure how effective this bill will be, kids will still get to them. Stopping them is the parents responsibility and accountability. #MAGA
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    Flavors exist for all people in all foods, candies, etc. So the way this question is phrased is crazy talk. Vaping is already regulated very well—it’s helped thousands and thousands of smokers become smokers. It honestly could be one of the best innovations for public health to combat smoking in my lifetime. Adult parents need to take more responsibility for their children and police them accordingly—vape shops are not selling to underage people, and vape juice manufacturers are not marketing flavors to children — they are marketing to the 18(or 21)+ people that want to finally stop smoking by using a nicotine delivery system that is proven 95%+ more safe than smoking. The government does not need to impede a net public health positive, parents need to do their jobs.
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    I work in the advertising industry and I can tell you because I briefly worked on a tobacco account that it’s nod nod, wink wink targeted at under age kids.
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    Get rid of Commercial advertisement altogether. If there is any advertisement, it should be Fact-based ONLY. NO glorification of life-style and propagandizing life improvements, such as sex appeal, fitness. And glamorous people consuming the products or resulting from using products or services. Unless you can prove any benefits from using a product or service through actual qualified research, do not allow it to be presented in advertisement. Everything should be backed by research to be presented to the public.
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    Don't make it kid friendly if it's not healthy!!
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    Just in case anyone thinks vaping is harmless, this is the definition of ecigarettes: Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. As you can see, these are still means by which to entice kids to become addicted to nicotine. All to the tobacco industry's benefit and not the health of their victims/customers.
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