Representative Sherrill Presents Clarification of Authority on Nicotine Law

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Representative Sherrill Presents Clarification of Authority on Nicotine Law

Washington DC – Today, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced the introduction of the Clarifying Authority Over Nicotine Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation fills a loophole allowing bad players in the vaping industry to evade Food and Drug regulations Administration (FDA) and sell nicotine products intended for children, including in NJ-11 communities.

Currently, only nicotine products manufactured or derived from tobacco are regulated by the Center for Tobacco Products of the FDA. The bill clarifies the authority of the FDA to ensure that products containing synthetic nicotine can also be regulated, allowing the agency to implement that authority using existing rules in place.

“Continuing their long history of shady practices that target young people and underserved communities across the country, vaping makers have reportedly switched to synthetic nicotine with the direct aim of bypassing the FDA’s regulatory process for them. tobacco products. said Representative Sherrill. “This bill will ensure that all tobacco products, including synthetic nicotine products, are regulated by the FDA to protect children in our communities and those who may seek to use these products. “

Vaping companies have found a way around regulations to hook young people through fruit flavors, deceptive marketing, low prices, and “low-key” designs. The loophole allowing manufacturers to use synthetic nicotine has undermined efforts to curb the continued popularity of vaping among young people. The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that e-cigarette consumption nearly doubled among New Jersey high school students, from 11.7% to 20.8%.

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