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“China e-cigarette titan behind ‘Elf Bar’ floods the US with illegal vapes.” That is the headline of an alarming Reuters report that reveals the extent to which nefarious Chinese actors have exploited lax enforcement in the United States to get kids hooked on illegal, disposable e-cigarettes in youth-appealing flavors.
The Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) need to do more to stop the flow of these dangerous products into our country, get them off store shelves and keep them away from vulnerable kids and teens.
According to the latest National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the use of disposable vapes by U.S. high school aged children has risen an incredible 1,336% since 2019. Most of these products, about 90%, come from China — even though that country has banned the sale of flavored vapes within its own borders.
When I served as the nation’s drug czar during the Obama administration, we were able to celebrate declines in teen smoking. While youth cigarette use has continued to decrease, down 85.2% since 2011, much of that progress has been