Merkley Renews Calls for FDA Action as New Study Shows E-Cigarette Use Tripling Among Middle and High School Students

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripling in one year, from 2013 to 2014:

“This alarming new study should be a wake-up call for the FDA. Even as millions of children become addicted to new nicotine products, the FDA has shown no signs of urgency in completing long-overdue regulations to protect our children. That’s completely unacceptable. It’s long past time to act. The FDA needs to directly take on these products that are designed to ensnare children, like candy and fruit flavored e-cigarettes, and get these rules done for once and for all.”