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Senators introduce bill to combat in-school e-cig use

Senators introduce bill to combat in-school e-cig use

Marian Camacho
December 07, 2018 08:53 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A pair of senators have introduced legislation in hopes of helping schools and educational agencies combat the use of e-cigarettes in schools.

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The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2018 would ban e-cig use in educational and childcare facilities. It would also ask the Federal  Drug Administration to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education to study best practices for school policies regarding e-cigarettes.

The bill was introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

“I am proud to join Senator Hatch in this important effort because e-cigarettes don’t belong in schools, and harmful chemicals don’t belong in our kids’ lungs,” said Udall. “These products use enticing flavors and stealthy designs to appeal to middle and high school students, fueling nicotine addiction and increasing their risk of tobacco use.”

The bill has received support from many groups including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the National Parent Teacher Association.

“This bill will help teachers and school districts address the problems of e-cigarette use in schools and target nicotine addiction among today’s youth,” said Senator Hatch. “Congress, the FDA, and the Department of Education have made great strides in the past 30 years to discourage teen smoking and nicotine use. Now, it’s important to continue that work in the context of new devices and technologies that have been shown to lead to nicotine addiction among today’s students.”

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