"The new FDA restrictions would make it much more difficult for underage youth to access the flavored e-cigarettes that are so popular with adolescents and teens. These are the right steps. They're necessary steps. And the FDA says they may be followed by additional steps if youth vaping doesn't steeply decline after they go into effect in the next several months.
"There's no place for cotton candy, bubble gum or mango flavored e-cigarettes in a society that values the health of its children. Banning these kinds of flavors altogether in e-cigarettes and cigars ultimately may be what it takes to protect our kids from tobacco and nicotine addiction.
"Meanwhile, the Foundation is preparing a campaign to warn Kentucky youth, parents and young adults about the dangers of e-cigarette use while the brain is still developing, up to age 25. The campaign, to be launched within the next month, will feature the voices of Kentucky youth sharing the surprising and often frightening facts they've learned about vapes and e-cigarettes that the industry has sought to hide in order to addict the next generation to their deadly tobacco products."
NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: To schedule an interview about flavored e-cigarettes or the Foundation's upcoming campaign, please contact Bonnie Hackbarth at 502-326-2583.
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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