For example, in 2020, we engaged with Members of Congress about our concerns regarding some of the provisions in H.R. 2339, the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020. That bill included a complete ban on all flavored tobacco products even for adults 21 and older and would have banned products the FDA has determined are “appropriate for the protection of public health.”
A complete flavor ban on all tobacco products goes too far and produces these and many other unintended consequences, including creating an illicit market of unregulated, smuggled products. We have also worked with legislators to ensure new products are appropriately regulated by the FDA. Specifically, in 2020 we also spoke with Members of Congress about the need to expand the Tobacco Control Act to apply to products with synthetically-produced nicotine, because we believe these products should be regulated as tobacco products, regardless of the source of the nicotine used in them.