Gummy bear flavored e-cigs? DeLauro seeks federal oversight to protect children

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes part of Shelton, is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put some restrictions on e-cigarettes.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, DeLauro said children are especially vulnerable to this highly addictive product.

Among the steps she asked the FDA to take are to:

∇ Prohibit tobacco companies from selling e-cigarettes to America’s youth, as they are currently forbidden from doing with traditional cigarettes

— Ban tobacco companies from targeting youth with their advertising

— Require ingredients to be listed

— Ensure all tobacco products are subject to FDA oversight


More youth using e-cigarettes

“Disturbing trends show that a growing number of our nation’s youth are using electronic cigarettes, which provide the latest method for delivering addictive nicotine into their systems,” DeLauro wrote.

“These electronic delivery devices use battery-powered mechanisms to vaporize tobacco-derived liquid nicotine that are inhaled and metabolized,” she said.


Gummy bear to bubble gum flavors

She said e-cigarettes “come in a plethora of flavors attractive to youth such as chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum, and strawberry. Parents are keenly aware that these flavors invariably appeal to a child’s palate.”

According to DeLauro, the latest data shows that in 2012 more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes.


Has the authority under current law

DeLauro, who sits on the U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding the FDA, also pointed out in her letter that the FDA has the ability to put these restrictions on e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act.

The FDA recently launched a new initiative to curb adolescent tobacco use, but their initiative does not highlight e-cigarettes, one of the newest tobacco products on the market, she said.



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  • JustJunkMail

    No one under the legal smoking age should ever use an
    electronic cigarette. Adults that do not smoke should not use an electronic
    cigarette. I was a smoker for 27 years. I made many attempts to quit during
    that time. I used the patch, the gum, the lozenge, and will power. On December
    17, 2010 I purchased an electronic cigarette and I have been a non smoker since
    that very first puff. My health has improved as well. I no longer suffer from
    sinus infections, ear infections or the constant chest congestion I became used
    to having. I can climb many flights of stairs without getting winded as well. I
    believe if it were not for the electronic cigarette, I would have been a smoker
    for the rest of my life. I have seen 100’s of people in my own community switch
    from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes with the same results.

    As to the idea that they are marketed to kids because of
    the colors and flavors and only kids would want that, I would direct you to the
    alcohol isle at most super markets where you can purchase birthday cake, Pop
    Tart, and Ice Cream vodka. Then there
    are the flavored coffee creamers like White Chocolate Raspberry, and even Girl
    Scout Cookie. Adults like flavors and colors.
    Are Coffee Mate and International Delight marketing to kids? How about Smirnoff, Pinnacle, and Absolut?

    A comprehensive
    review conducted by Dr. Igor Burstyn of Drexel University School of Public
    Health based on over 9,000 observations of e-cigarette liquid and vapor found
    “no apparent concern” for bystanders exposed to e-cigarette vapor,
    even under “worst case” assumptions about exposure.

    Link to study:

  • Glen Appleton

    Quote: She said e-cigarettes “come in a plethora of flavors attractive to youth such as chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum, and strawberry. Parents are keenly aware that these flavors invariably appeal to a child’s palate.”

    Response: I’m a 48 year old male, and I find all of those flavors appealing, especially since I’ve quit smoking over 2 years ago (using e-cigs). Also, please take a look at the available flavors of nicotine gum and vodka, both of which are absolutely not marketed to children.

  • Robert Copia

    As a long-term smoker, I found it impossible to quit until three and a half years ago when I used my first e-cig. I have not smoked a cigarette since and my health has improved drastically.
    The purchase of e-cigs should be restricted to those under 18, and strict age verification should be used in retail and online sales as is used for the purchase of alcohol. All e-cig material should be kept out of reach from children along with, drugs, cosmetics,, cleaning products, fluoride toothpaste etc. and other products that are harmful if ingested.. I would not even use the compact fluorescent light bulbs which contain MERCURY powder and gas and are very hazardous if shattered.
    Then let the politicians and other protectors of children deal with the more serious dangers to our children such as:
    1. The Centers For Disease Control reports, “33% of 8th graders used alcohol in the last month”.
    2.National Institute of Health reports “23% of 12th graders used marijuana in the last 30 days and 6.5% use it daily.
    3. 60,000 children are in the Emergency Room each year because of accidental poisoning by prescription drugs.
    4. Autism effects 0ne in 58 children..
    Our leaders are too busy in their propaganda campaign of fear to dissuade hopelessly addicted smokers from trying an e-cig which should really be called a “personal nicotine vaporizer”
    Pharma companies Glaxo and Pfizer sell “quit smoking” products, nicotine gum, lozenges patches inhalers, mind-altering psychiatric drugs Chantix and Zyban etc, which they would like to sell you every day for as long as you live. These products have low rates of success. The mini lozenges look just like Tic Tacs and could be mistaken for candy. The Nicotrol vaporizer works similar to the ecig, you inhale liquid nicotine with the spray you shoot it up your nose.
    Zyban is actually the anti-depressant, Wellbutrin with dangerous side effects. Chantix is the leader in adverse effect reporting to the FDA, suicide, violent behavior etc.
    In the last election cycle, 2010-2011, Pharma companies contributed TEN Million dollars to the politicians who are now doing there bidding to destroy the competition, BIG PHARMA verses “little”e-cig.
    Bloomberg News, 2/19/2014 reports,” Glaxo Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying On E-Cigarettes”.
    Forbes Magazine, 7/2/2012, The article, “Dr. Drew Was Paid By Glaxo To Talk Up Antidepressants.’ includes link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against Glaxo which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of Antidepressants to children and adolescents, through their Doctors..
    New York Times 77/2/2012, “GLAXO Agrees To Pay Three Billion Dollar Fraud Settlement” ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges after a 10 year investigation led by “whistle blowers”
    Many of your leaders are working for the people that tried to harm your children. Please , think about it.

  • Violet

    I can’t say it any better than Robert Copia’s response below. Read that.

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