Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has introduced HR 293, which would ban flavors and impose a federal excise tax on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Rep. DeLauro is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over FDA’s budget. The bill has been referred to three House Committees - the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Ways & Means Committee and the House Judiciary Committee - all of which have jurisdiction over some aspect of the legislation. While the Senate is not likely to take up the bill, the House, which is now led by a Democratic majority, could take action.
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.