Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Representing the 18th District of California

Eshoo Holds Legislative Hearing to Address Youth Tobacco Epidemic

October 16, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) held a hearing on legislation to address the youth tobacco epidemic in the U.S.

To watch Chairwoman Eshoo’s opening statement, click HERE.

“For the first time in decades, the CDC reports that youth tobacco use is significantly rising,” Rep. Eshoo said. “E-cigarette use among young people is threatening to ensnare an entire generation of young Americans in nicotine addiction. Congress must do everything possible to stop kids from using tobacco and e-cigarettes.”

To combat the increase in youth tobacco use, the Subcommittee considered the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act. The legislation raises the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years and extends restrictions on tobacco marketing, sales, and flavors to e-cigarettes.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing 480,000 Americans each year. Among young Americans, there is an e-cigarette epidemic that has led to 1.5 million more youth using a tobacco product in 2018 compared to 2017.  As more children have begun using  e-cigarettes, there has also been an outbreak of a vaping-related illness with 1,299 cases and 26 deaths. Children are particularly threatened, as 36% of the patients are under 20 years old.

To read more about the legislation considered by the Subcommittee and to watch video footage of the hearing, click HERE.