Collins, Colleagues to FDA: January Vaping Rules Fall Short of Protecting Youth and Public Health


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Udall (D-NM) in sending a letter in response to the FDA’s recently issued January Guidance on vaping. 


“Data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which the Guidance heavily relies on, shows roughly 5 million young people tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, and an increasing number of middle- and high-schoolers are becoming regular users,” the Senators wrote. “Yet, despite mounting evidence that flavors are a key driver of youth ENDS use, the January Guidance has glaring policy gaps that keep kids addicted to flavored products.”


In the letter to the director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, the Senators argued that the January enforcement policy falls short of protecting our youth and requested answers from Mr. Zeller about devices, flavor requirements, and the Premarket Tobacco Product Applications process as the FDA implements the guidance.


Click HERE to read the full letter.