H. R. 2339, Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019.


Summary: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the sale and marketing of tobacco products, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Somewhat Bipartisan)



ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 7/25/19.

  • Vaping poses major health risks. I’m deeply worried about how vaping-related illnesses disproportionately affect young people. That’s why I cosponsored the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act to ban online e-cigarette sales +flavored tobacco products. (Source: Rep. Craig, Twitter, 9/17/19)

STATUS: Introduced 4/18/19 by Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]. 


  • “The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act makes clear that we will not tolerate the proliferation of slick new products purposefully designed to appeal to young people to get them addicted to nicotine and tobacco,” Pallone said.  “Congress must act to reduce youth nicotine addiction by making it clear that selling tobacco products to kids is illegal.  My legislation also treats e-cigarettes and other tobacco products the same as traditional cigarettes under the law.  We cannot afford to wait – we are on the cusp of losing an entirely new generation to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.” (Source: Rep. Pallone, Press Release, 4/18/19)
  • The American Public Health Association applauds Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., for introducing the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. This legislation is a major step to address tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. (Source: Delaware Public Health Association)
  • The bill has the support of various public health advocacy groups including: the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Thoracic Society, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, March of Dimes, and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. (Source: Tobacco Business)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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