Following is a statement from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky about these FDA enforcement actions:
“The FDA put some more muscle behind its commitment to preventing teen tobacco use with the enforcement actions announced today,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “The latest versions of e-cigarettes or ‘mod pods’ have proven enormously attractive to teens and threaten to undermine all the progress we’ve made in reducing youth tobacco use. Given that most smoking still starts before age 18 and that teens who vape often turn into to adults who smoke, e-cigarettes also could reverse the decades-long decline in adult smoking. Kentucky cannot afford that - we can’t stomach another increase in death and disease caused by tobacco, and we can’t pay for the health care costs associated with them. The nation cannot afford these costs either. So, kudos to the FDA. We look forward to seeing innovative plans to curb teen vaping and applaud these truly historic enforcement actions.”
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth