Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President and CEO Ben Chandler today called on lawmakers and the FDA to ban most flavored tobacco products. Here is his statement:
“The findings in this new report ought to shock us into action. When youth e-cigarette use explodes more than tenfold in just a few years, we have to look at what’s fueling it. And a big part of the answer is flavoring such as cotton candy, gummy bears and pop rocks. Middle and high school students aren’t thinking about addiction when they smoke a flavored cigar. They’re not thinking about how the nicotine in an e-cigarette will physically change their brains, making it harder to concentrate and leading them to a lifetime of dependence on tobacco. But we know the truth. So many health issues are complicated, but not this one. Tobacco kills. Flavored tobacco products attract youth. And almost all long-term tobacco use starts before age 18. So let’s just be smart about this, and ban candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, including e-cigs, cigars and smokeless tobacco.”
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $26.7 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
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Bonnie J. Hackbarth