Durbin Report Finds E-Cigarette Marketing Reaches Substantial Youth Audiences

e-cig“We must close this new gateway to addiction to protect our children,” says Durbin.

Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives released a report that shows a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences.

The report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” is the first comprehensive investigation of e-cigarette marketing tactics and was compiled using responses from eight e-cigarette manufacturers received by the lawmakers from their investigation into the industry and other publicly available information.

In light of the findings in this report, and following investigative reports recently released by the New York Times and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the group of lawmakers once more called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promptly issue deeming regulations that would expand the agency’s regulatory authority over tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The report was released on April 14 by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was joined by U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee; U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR); and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).

The major findings of the report include:
• All surveyed e-cigarette companies appear to use various marketing practices that appeal to youth, such as social media outreach, sponsorships of and free samples provided at youth-oriented events, and radio and television advertisements played during events and programs with significant youth viewership.

• Six of the nine surveyed e-cigarette companies market e-cigarettes in flavors, like Cherry Crush, Chocolate Treat, Peachy Keen, and Grape Mint, that could appeal to children and teens.

• E-cigarette manufacturers have significantly increased marketing spending, more than doubling marketing expenditures between 2012 and 2013. Last year, six leading e-cigarette companies spent a total of $59.3 million on marketing alone.

• Six of the eight respondents support some form of regulation, including restrictions on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to children and teens.

“Six months ago, with growing public health concerns regarding liquid nicotine and growing e-cigarette use among young people, my colleagues and I reached out to nine leading e-cigarette companies with questions about their distribution and marketing to children and teenagers,” Durbin said. “The answers came back: from candy flavors to rock concert sponsorships, every single company surveyed in this report has employed a marketing strategy that appears to target youth. For years, federal regulations prohibiting tobacco companies from targeting young people have helped to protect a new generation of smokers from getting hooked on nicotine. Now, we must close this new gateway to addiction to protect our children.”

“E-cigarette makers are starting to prey on kids, just like the big tobacco companies,” said Waxman.  “With over a million youth now using e-cigarettes, FDA needs to act without further delay to stop the companies from marketing their addictive products to children.”

“This report provides clear evidence that e-cigarette manufacturers are marketing to kids and teens using tactics that would be illegal if these were traditional cigarettes.  This should not be a surprise since some of the e-cigarette makers examined are owned by large tobacco companies well-versed in marketing nicotine products to kids and teens,” Harkin said. “The report shows that e-cigarette manufacturers are investing millions of dollars to create a new generation of nicotine addicts—which is shameful and must be stopped immediately.  As the Chairman of the Senate committee with oversight of the FDA, I urge the agency to swiftly issue deeming regulations that give the agency the authority to regulate e-cigarettes and to stop these marketing practices that are already illegal for traditional tobacco products.”

“I am deeply disturbed that e-cigarette companies are mimicking tactics that tobacco companies used in the past to glamorize smoking for youth,” Rockefeller said. “Recent reports on rising poison center calls involving e-cigarettes and children under age six is yet another red flag regarding potential health consequences posed by youth exposure to e-cigarette products.  No matter what profit may be involved with encouraging young people to use nicotine products, marketing e-cigarettes to kids should be absolutely off-limits.”

The group of lawmakers also recommended several steps that regulatory authorities and e-cigarette companies should take to ensure that children and teens are adequately protected from deceptive advertising practices or unsubstantiated claims. These recommendations include:

     E-cigarette companies should take immediate action to prevent the sale of their products to children and teenagers. This should include refraining from the use of television and radio advertisements.

   E-cigarette companies should terminate marketing campaigns that target children and teens, including product promotion through social media and event sponsorships intended for youth audiences.

   The FDA should promptly issue deeming regulations asserting the agency’s authority to regulate e-cigarettes.

   The FDA should issue regulations to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to children and teenagers by requiring age verification and face-to-face sales, and by limiting purchases through vending machines.

 The FDA should implement restrictions on e-cigarette companies marketing to children and teens, and, where appropriate, should work with the Federal Trade Commission to enforce such restrictions. 

   The FDA should prohibit misleading product claims on e-cigarettes, and should require clear, uniform labels to inform consumers of the health risks associated with their use.

Following a September 2013 Centers for Disease Control & Protection report that showed a dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes among children and youth, 12 members of Congress called on nine e-cigarette makers to provide additional information regarding the sale, distribution, labeling, and marketing of their products to children and teens.

The letter was sent to the following companies: NJOY, Lorillard Inc., Reynolds American Inc., Altria Group, Inc., LOGIC Technology, Eonsmoke, GreenSmoke, VMR Products, and Lead By Sales LLC. Every company but one—Lead by Sales LLC, the maker of White Clouds Cigarettes— responded to the lawmakers’ request, and their responses formed the basis of the report.

 

  • PaulFelixSchott

    Leaders of the Lost that are LOST.
    To be regulated by a JOKE COMMITTEE that did not stop it from going to store shelves in the first place many of them have sold their soul for money $$$$$$$.

    Our One Nation Under GOD has let the wicked in our White House…..
    obama come sin and be with satan, Americans……….
    …WE THE PEOPLE AMERICANS call obama to with draw its Satancare he calls it obamacare.
    The Day of our LORD, Judgment Day will come soon enough.
    as in the days of Noah………….. Listen to your spirit that gives your heart life our LORD.
    Listen to “The Irish Rovers – The Unicorn Song”
    Sin is Sin no matter how you (twist it, alter or distort the TRUTH). Live by our Lord’s Words go to Heaven not Hell with Satan the Devil.
    The Wicked that will soon be in Hell, will try to tell you sin is good just like the Devil did to Eve then Eve to Adam.
    Vladimir Putin no more somking in Russian cities bad for everyones Health, obama America its ok to smoke Drugs POT helps you go to hell faster.
    Vladimir Putin Gay is against the LAW GOD’s Law, obama Gay is ok with me and my boss SATAN sin is ok, come join me soon to be in HELL.
    Vladimir Putin killing Christian against the Law, obama Christians under attack and being slaughtered by Muslim and Satan sorry obama goes to play golf.
    Suit over U.S. California Pomona college Student Nicholas George (Stop For Arabic Flashcards tossed),
    Satan new home sorry Americans OUR White House dose not want you to know
    or see what a few words look like in Arabic. Nicholas George’s RIGHTS VIOLATED WHY?
    “AGAINST ALL ODDS”, and “WHITE HOUSE AGAINST ALL CHRISTIANS” sorry its
    “WHITE HOUSE DOWN” Actor James Howard Woods said (obama ” He’s the gift from hell”)
    “WHITE HOUSE AGAINST ALL CHRISTIANS” is real life on going.
    Why Is Obama in a rush to start the War of Armageddon?
    Why did Obama try to give 20 of OUR F-16 Fighter Jets to Egypt?
    Why is he still trying to send more weapons and OUR USA tax dollars to the Middle East?
    Read Below and you will see clearly WHY.
    ACTS OF TREASON
    The United States of America Leader obama goes and plays golf again as CHRISTIANS are being slaughtered by Muslim every December 25 in Christian Churches on Earth… Dec 2013
    Federal Judge said obama letting Drug cartel go free out of jail is a sin and helping the wicked Obama… Dec 2013
    Federal Judge said making Christians sin or be fined by Satan is unconstitutional… Nov 2013
    This is not ObamaCare regulations it is realy SatanCare control over all Christians… All Christian Churches on Earth. Less then
    1% of Americans support “SatanCare – ObamaCare” CLEARLY NOT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!
    (“THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS THE LAW OF THE LAND”) no more Dictatorship obama Jan 28 , 2014 STATE OF THE UNION address or (“Butter Up the Lost Address”)
    obama I have the final say in your Government, not the will of the people will be done no more. 2014 STATE OF THE UNION address,
    no (SOVEREIGN STATE NO MORE) ADDRESS.
    Our White House is being run by CON-ARTISTs TO DEFRAUD MORE AMERICANS TRU MORE TAXES.
    In Egypt, Egypt Christians under attack and being slaughtered by Muslim and Satan sorry obama goes to play golf on
    Martha’s Vineyard six rounds of it… White House
    Is Satan and obama one or is Satan just got control of him, can obama realy be that lost and still say he is smart enough to lead
    the NATION THAT STANDS UNITED IN GOD WE TRUST.
    The World Needs Now More Than Ever Leaders That Live And Lead By Our LORD’s Word.
    The World’s Once LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE comes to an end and our leaders did almost nothing why?
    20,000 + Homeless Residents Living on the street of Detroit, Mi clearly see your change they voted for you Obama.
    50 Potential Terrorist Acts Prevented and most all could have been done without violating over 300 million American’s GOD given and OUR
    U.S. CONSTITUTION RIGHTS TO FREEDOM. How many aided or watched and did not a thing?
    GOD BLESS YOU EDWARD JOSEPH SNOWDEN and all that seek and tell the TRUTH, more then 85% of us in the intel community stand with you not the SOP trying to kill you.
    AROUND THE WORLD MANY JOURNALIST HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH.
    JUST ONE OF MANY MEXICO IS KILLING THE PRESS AND JOURNALIST
    FOR EXPOSING THE LAUNDERING OF BILLIONS.
    IS THIS NEXT TO HAPPEN IN THE USA?
    (“Press Freedom: Journalist in Mexico Killed for Reporting on Drug Cartels | Human Rights First”)
    (Journalist around the world are killed for Reporting on and about the bad wicked corrupt leaders,
    that their bad deeds out number their good deeds. Only in government for the power and money.)
    True Blooded Americans fly OLD GLORY the day might come soon that it will
    be your last time.
    (“IRAN and NORTH KOREA WE ARE GOING TO TAKE DOWN THE USA obama too late i already did it.”) This may soon not be so funny, as just a cartoon.)
    North Korean ship caught in Panama with Military Weapons Missiles two Mig fighter jets and more.
    This ship is only one of how many more that have got by?
    (“Iran funding terrorist for more than 25 years thru banks yet obama lifted the ban that Canada and many otherS will not they know better.
    Canada and Israel team up against Iran”)…………………. Dec 2013 ALJAZEERA NEWS.
    (“Iran laundering billions through world banks to support Terrorism”)………. many World News networks.
    Canada: “Iran has done and is supporting State – Sanctioned murder,…… ZAHRA KAZEMI”.
    Billions Launder by Iran and Mexican drug Cartels Bed Pals, Tru World banks for terrorist for more than 4 years. .. “JOURNALIST FROM AROUND THE WORLD”.
    The U.S.A. C.I.A. D.O.J. Dep. of justice under the watch of the 43rd President George W. Bush went
    after a building that was used for Iranian-sponsored terrorism. The Manhattan 36-story tower skyscraper
    at 650 Fifth Avenue New York City, New York that was secretly owned and controlled by the
    Iranian Government to do Money Laundering to control and run governments and Fix or Buy Elections
    around the world. With democratically elected puppets to do the will of SATAN.
    More than one Federal Judge helped put an end to this and 650 Fifth Avenue is now owned and run by the
    U.S. COURT, not Satan’s helpers. Well maybe not with Obama putting his controlled puppets in place.
    This building is adjacent to Rockefeller Center, and was a home to many in bed with the wicked.

    This is for told in your Bible Read it.
    Before Satan, Iran and Islamic Republic lost any more control over American’s Billions were secretly pumped into our Elections.
    Many were under watch and investigation for obstruction of justice for destroying documents of this.
    Till Obama got into office under Obama you can rest assured none fo them will see jail and even if they
    did obama will just give them a “Presidential Crime Spree Terrorism Pass” sorry it was called a Presidential Pardon.
    (“The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”) SAD TO SAY IS NOW FOR SALE, and the lost and wicked are letting
    it take place right now.
    The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Is It Now Government Accountability Cover-up?
    Obama campaign’s online donors for his Obama.com was not even owned by the Democratic party or its president’s
    campaign party but rather by a Robert Roche, a so called businessman and one of many of Obama’s fundraisers and he was living in Shanghai,
    China, that his company had at that time ties to the Chinese government.
    The (GAI) report’s listed a finding that 68% of the online donors traffic going to Obama.com originated from outside of the U.S.A. foreign locations.
    You can no longer count or relay or TRUST on our democratically elected puppets to be Protecting the
    U.S.A. elections from (“Illegal Foreign Donations”) and foreign control over us.
    Over a Billion to run for office sorry to buy the Control of our WHITE HOUSE.
    Federal Election Commission (FEC) and you are still not putting in jail your members that are giving out pencils to vote with instead of black pens.
    vote with a black pen not a pencil it will not be changed then. voting fraud anything that can easily be changed should never be used to vote with,
    safe guarding America your vote not manipulating it was your JOB you LOST.
    LUKE 15:3-7
    Matthew 7:21-23
    Judges and
    LOST Federal Election Commission (FEC) have no fear very soon our LORD will help you know Good from evil.
    John 5: 28-30
    Fort Hood the CIA and FBI Terrorism Task Force had been watching this man and
    knew he was a Traitor to the USA and had done acts of TREASON. Why was he not
    already in jail? 50 Potential Terrorist? Or aiding some?
    What leader on earth would watch someone do acts of treason against his Nation
    and not stop them on the first or second act little lone wait till they cold
    heart ed Murdered many be for he put him in jail. USA Leaders if you are
    lost and need a role model look to Canada.
    Every 9-11 they are going to try.
    This 9-11-2013 the (Million Muslims March On Washington D.C.)
    Only a SICK LEADER WOULD LET THEM DO THIS.
    Every 9-11 they are going to try.
    September the wicked will always look to kill others Munich Germany 1972. 11 of
    the ISRAELI Olympic Athletes were killed by the wicked. Special Forces sent Air
    Mail to ten terrorist training PLO Bases in SYRIA and LEBANON in
    response. September 11, 1972 200 terrorist died 11 for 200 you do the math. The wicked are at war with all
    that believe in Jesus Christ. Every year since they have tried or done acts of
    Terror every September only the real slow in the head in government do not know,
    to be ready each and every September. From the Religion of ? not Peace at a average
    rate of 3 or more atrocities are committed worldwide each day all in the name
    of ? islam the Religion the terrorist use.
    Some will never Learn till it is too late.
    The only group of wicked that kill close to this rate a year is the Drug Cartels.
    Friends of Obama get away with anything right? Fort Hood Work place Bull
    S… cover up.
    In the hearts of every True American that has ever stepped foot on a United
    Stated Military Base. These 13 Murdered Victims already have are Heart, and in our
    minds We All Know They Have Clearly Earned the PURPLE HEART ALREADY.
    Some of our leaders of this One Nation Under GOD need to be on trial for
    TREASON.
    We The People Live by are Lord GOD and “The U.S. CONSTITUTION”
    NOT SOME SICK IN THE HEAD LEADERS.
    “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”
    (AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES HOSTILE TO US)
    (ANY ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO A FOREIGN STATE HOSTILE TO US)
    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE
    NATIONAL SECURITY)
    Negotiating with terrorists act of TREASON.
    GIVING ARE TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT TERRORIST OR TERRORIST
    GROUPS ACT OF TREASON.
    Taking down are Military by WEAKEN MILITARY READINESS YET KEEPS SENDING MANY
    MILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES.
    THIS IS OBAMA’S PLAN FOR JOBS WORKING AS HE PLANED.
    MASSIVE TAX ON ALL EMPLOYERS PUTTING MILLIONS OUT OF WORK.
    MANY MORE EMPLOYERS CUT FULL TIMERS TO PART TIME.
    THE ONCE LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE IN THE WORLD
    MOTOR CITY USA SHUTDOWN
    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE NATIONAL SECURITY)
    What Part of this did
    all Americans let anyone cut out of our hearts or are (U.S. CONSTITUTION) “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”
    MORE THEN 50 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK OR ON FOOD AID THIS YEAR 2013. AND SOME
    SO CALLED U.S. LEADERS OF WHAT THE WICKED ARE GOING TO KEEP SENDING YOUR TAXES OUT OF THE COUNTRY?
    Stealing from CHRISTIANS giving to the lost and non-Christians, tearing down America building up more weapons in the Middle East.
    Why to keep taking A PIECE OF THE PIE for them self’s. Too many of these so called leaders went
    into office with little to nothing and leave with millions $$,$$$,$$$,$$$, and they think that all America is that stupid.
    You can-not work for satan and GOD at the same time.
    They are working more for them self then for GOD and Country.
    Americans the next time you vote use a Black Pen not a pencil may be your
    vote will count.
    Leaders that put pencils in the voting
    poll-booths need to be in jail. If they will not safe guard America who
    will? Pencils to vote with and the wicked call this safeguarding your
    vote.
    ANYTHING THAT CAN BE CHANGED OR TAMPERED WITH IS NOT TO BE USED IN A VOTING PLACE EVER
    this was taught to all Board of Elections back when
    i was a Judge. Back then many a democrat did wicked things.
    Responsible
    for the fall of the second most powerful man in the United States of America
    Dan Rostenkowski, Democrat-Illinois
    Democrat
    controlled and run cities are some of the highest crime places in this
    country. This is sad for all that live in and around them.
    You can not
    work for satan and GOD at the same time.
    “VOTE early and often and even the dead can vote”, is not funny CHICAGO all that vote for sin are already dead inside and soon will be in hell.
    (” When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty ” THOMAS JEFFERSON ).
    (“United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust” George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)
    (“In GOD We Trust”)
    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.
    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.
    “United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We Trust”
    True Americans
    True Patriots
    GOD Bless
    May are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    Guide and Watch over us all.
    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott
    PS
    IS THIS THE?
    (((The U.S.A. land base of the Great Satan
    Concealing And Laundering Billions
    From the Sweat and Blood Work Of Millions of Christians
    That follow our Lord Jesus Christ
    And they will cut your head off if you have a Bible just like
    (PAUL MARSHALL JOHNSON JR.)
    Islamic Republic Den Of Spies And Espionage
    2209 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20007
    202-965-4990)))
    WE ALL NEED TO KEEP WATCH FOR TERRORIST NOT PATRIOTIC AMERICANS.
    AROUND THE WORLD MANY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH
    i pray we Americans are past the 1750′s some wicked leaders are not. Looks like then are doing witch hunts
    Witch-hunt undermining those with differing view of the Wicked. That the wicked work not for GOD and Country.
    Was US State Department Navy SEAL Sean Smith and CIA security Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and J. Christopher Stevens lives
    “Silence ed” to cover up the Billions of USA Money that some of our leaders are Laundering out of America to the wicked?
    9-11-2013 the (Million Muslims March On Washington D.C.) is Obama giving them the keys to the White House?
    So far over Two Million + and counting America’s Patriotic Bikers were going to Washington D.C. 9 – 11- 2013.
    Obama said no to the American Patriotic Bikers not his Muslims WHY?
    The World is going to Solar Energy UK has more EV Electric Vehicles Charging Stations then gas, 2013. Americans Wake up.
    Lets Stop sending your $,$$$,$$$,$$$ to the Middle East and the Wicked.
    Tesla car owners drive coast to coast FREE from the SUNLIGHT, 2014.
    The Great need for Oil will soon come to an end, most all Scientist know this.
    There is more then Enough Energy coming From our Sun, Solar Energy to Power All Our needs and More…
    .. Scientist..Albert Einstein…… Scientist..Addison Bain The Freedom Element…..
    Scientist..working at the FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER …William Young / Bill Young Scientist…..
    The Public ability and awareness for all on Earth to use the Natural Solar Energy,
    is Contributing to Production of Solar Energy Products. Making the Solar
    Energy Industry the fastest growing on Earth. A Wealth of Free Energy From The SUN.
    The more the wicked try to slow the Solar Energy Industry down, it only Enhances
    involvement and the efforts of the Good at Heart.
    Through out History Many have tried to wipe the good from our history books.
    Read the Bible Jesus will Bless you more then i can.
    This is not the Roman Empire (Taxes Kill Growth) Lower all taxes and America will grow and FLOURISH without OUR
    White House SATAN DICTATORSHIP AND CONTROL on US.
    Our LORD will send the wicked to hell soon enough.
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WE ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION all working in our WHITE HOUSE (JOHN 5:42) have forgot this and are working for the DEVIL (Luke 13:27).
    (2 TIMOTHY 26),
    (2 TIMOTHY 16-18),
    (TITUS 1:15-16)
    Selling your soul for $$$$$$$ you will know very soon, on our (LORD’s Day) it was not worth it, and all the riches on Earth will not save you from HELL.
    Do not let the Devil give you money to be on his side too soon you will be VERY sorry.
    Have no Fear my freinds the homeless, poor and needy and the many Worldwide that wait in soup and bread lines we have a Hero coming very soon,
    HIS achievements out number all others put together.
    (” I SON of GOD “)
    HIS wrath All On Earth will see and all the wicked will know they have lived in sin.
    i pray repent and open your mind and heart while you still can.
    The (LORD’s Day) will be here soon enough that every soul will see and believe for many it will be too late.
    If you have a love one that is lost help save them while you still can pray they endure The Great Tribulation is at hand.
    Help the lost to be strong many worldwide will suffer the unthinkable is soon to be at hand.
    (2 TIMOTHY 4:17-18),
    (2 TIMOTHY 3:12-15)
    All Hero s that have every lived could not come close to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    (“United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust”
    George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)
    (JOHN 10:25-30),
    (JOHN 3:16),
    (John 14:6-7)
    (Matthew 7:20-27)
    (Matthew 12:39)
    (Matthew 24:3-14)
    it is near,right at the ….
    (Matthew 24:14-33)
    (” C/2013 A1 “) (” Siding Spring “) will it move the twin brothers (” Fear & Terror – Deimos & Phobos “).
    REVELATIONS 6:12-17 GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND THE MOON WILL BE BLOOD RED

    • mark

      huh? seriously…go take your medication and the nurse will be in to check on you momentarily…

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