Senator Durbin Introduces Bill to Restrict Sale of E-Cigarette Flavors

Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced S. 3319, the “Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids” (SAFE Kids) Act. The bill would ban flavored e-cigarette products, but allow manufacturers one year to prove to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that their e-cigarette flavorings meet certain criteria in order to remain on the market. Specifically, manufacturers would need to prove that e-cigarette flavorings help adults quit smoking cigarettes, do not increase youth initiation of nicotine and tobacco products, and do not increase the risk of harm to people who use the flavor products. The bill also includes a provision that would ban all cigar flavorings within one year of passage, with no opportunity for manufacturers to weigh in. Currently, the bill only has one cosponsor, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

CDA has serious concerns with this legislation, and will be working with industry partners to prevent its passage. As noted in CDA‘s recent comments to the FDA on tobacco product flavors, overly restrictive regulations would pose a direct threat to member businesses, and additional research should be conducted before making any decisions about flavored tobacco products.