(LOUISVILLE, Ky - September 12, 2019) The Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan to "clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products." Today the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and several other Kentucky groups announced support for the idea and issued the following statement:
 
"We support a ban non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarette products - including fruit, candy, mint and menthol flavored products - nationwide, and urge the Food and Drug Administration to act as quickly as possible to implement the ban.

"Flavored tobacco products are an unfettered pipeline for turning youth experimenters into adult nicotine addicts. The appeal of flavored tobacco to adolescents and teens is a key reason the FDA banned flavored cigarettes in 2009. Sadly, the latest data showing yet another spike in youth e-cigarette use from one in five to more than one in four teens was entirely predictable given the thousands of flavored e-cigarette products on the market. Four out of five 12- to 17-year-olds who have used tobacco started with a flavored product, and four out of five current youth tobacco users have used a flavored tobacco product in the past month. Flavors are among the most common reasons for youth and young adults say they use e-cigarettes."
 
Organizations supporting this statement are:
Kentucky School Boards Association
Baptist Health
Humana
American Heart Association
Kentucky Medical Association
Kentucky Health Collaborative
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Hospital Association
Kentucky Cancer Foundation
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
 
Below is a chart showing the latest e-cigarette use numbers for 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States and the flavors that are most popular among this group.

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.
 
Media Contacts:
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
502-552-3770 (Mobile)
 
Alexa Kerley
akerley@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
859-229-9611 (Mobile)