Senator Murray: “This step will save lives, and save countless kids from nicotine addiction.”
2 million youth reported using e-cigarettes in 2021
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that it is ordering all Juul electronic cigarettes removed from the U.S. market.
“We know e-cigarettes have fueled the alarming rise in youth tobacco use, so I’m glad to see FDA taking action to address this crisis and take products that are getting kids addicted to nicotine off the market. This step will save lives, and save countless kids from nicotine addiction.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes in 2021, and approximately two-thirds of JUUL users aged 15 – 24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine.
Senator Murray has long championed stronger oversight and regulation of tobacco products to protect the health of kids and families across our country. Senator Murray has advocated for the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, including in a 2021 letter with her colleagues to the FDA. She has called for the swift removal of tobacco products that didn’t meet key approval deadlines and recently secured a provision that was signed into law by President Biden, which empowers the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine products and keep dangerous, unregulated products off the shelves.