March 26th, 2014
Congressman Bishop Introduces Bill to Protect Children from E-Cigarette Marketing
Sag Harbor Express
Late last week, U.S. Representatives Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Tim Bishop introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes to children. Currently, e-cigarettes are unregulated. According to the bill, manufacturers are targeting children and teens through advertising to get them hooked early on nicotine.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 1.8 million middle and high school students nationwide have tried e-cigarettes, and over 75 percent have also smoked traditional cigarettes. And these numbers are increasing dramatically. In a single year, 2011 to 2012, the percentage of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes more than doubled.