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More than 7 in 10 Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Advertising

National Youth Tobacco Survey Results Underscore Urgent Need for FDA Regulation

January 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC January 5, 2016 Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an overwhelming number of middle and high school students report seeing e-cigarette advertising in stores or through print, online or television media.

A statement from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) follows:

The results of the National Youth Tobacco Survey are disturbing, and underscore that the Food and Drug Administration cannot afford to further delay finalizing its authority to regulate electronic cigarettes and other increasingly popular products like cigars and hookah. The study shows that the electronic cigarette industry has been successful at marketing its products to our nation 's youth and further notes that advertising for cigarettes and cigars has previously been linked to increased experimentation with those products.

While the good news is that cigarette smoking rates have declined significantly in recent years, teen use of these unregulated tobacco products is growing exponentially with little understanding of the long-term health impact. The administration should immediately release the deeming rule and immediately apply the marketing and advertising restrictions that currently apply to cigarettes to these new products.ξ With full authority, the FDA can combat the aggressive marketing of these unregulated products to children.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visitξwww.fightcancer.org.

For More Info, Contact:

Alissa Crispino or Emily Rohloff

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Phone: 202-661-5772 or 202-585-3296

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