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Merkley Slams Trump's Capitulation to Big Tobacco

"The FDA is ready to act— but President Trump has apparently ordered them to stand down" -Senator Jeff Merkley

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), today released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump blocked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from issuing a proposed ban on all flavored e-cigarettes.

The proposed ban was designed to protect children from vaping, as data from 2019 shows surging e-cigarette usage among middle and high school students with 5.3 million kids now vaping.

Sweet flavors—including candy, fruit, and mint flavors—have proven especially attractive to teenagers.

“Yet again, President Trump is going spineless in the face of corporate lobbying. The health of millions of American children will suffer.

"For years, e-cigarette companies have been given free rein by the FDA to pursue a massively successful strategy of addicting a new generation on nicotine, targeting middle and high school students with social media influencers and sweet flavors blatantly designed to appeal to children.

"Now, finally, the FDA is ready to act— but President Trump has apparently ordered them to stand down in the face of an industry lobbying campaign.”

Source: Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley


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watchman January 6, 2020 3:42 am (Pacific time)

It's amazing to me to see how concerned you are for our children. Please research and report the rise in THC consumption in minors in the last year as well. I'm concerned that Oregon will answer to the God to whom we are still under as " one nation" for letting something that was " cool" for a few in the 70's become " legal" and so popular.... with the obvious motive of state and local "revenue" ( i.e. sales tax )

Soapbox December 18, 2019 9:49 am (Pacific time)

Whatever President Trump finally decides rest assured Senator Jeff Merkley will have no input into the decision. Merkley only seeks Trump hatred material to wave in front of Democratic voters. Merkley and Ron Wyden are ventriloquist dummies for the Democratic platform.

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