President’s Budget request Includes E-Cigarette User Fee

This week the President unveiled his 2020 budget request. Included in the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services was a request for a new e-cigarette user fee, intended to fund FDA’s efforts to curb youth access to vaping products, among other things. While the budget is primarily a political document and does not signal congressional support for the proposals it contains, it does signal the intent of the Administration. This proposal, along with bills levying a federal excise tax on e-cigarettes, will likely be debated this year as Congress looks to bend the curve of youth use of e-cigarettes.