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H.R.2339 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

Summary: H.R.2339 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)


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Reported to House (02/21/2020)

Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

This bill revises requirements related to the safety, sale, and advertisement of tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-hookah, e-cigars, and vape pens).

Among other requirements, the bill

  • requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement regulations to require color graphics on the labeling of cigarette packages, depicting the negative health consequences of smoking;
  • requires the FDA to apply regulations on tobacco products to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes;
  • generally prohibits the retail online sale of tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems;
  • prohibits the use of flavored products in an electronic nicotine delivery system, except in specified circumstances;
  • increases the user fees that the FDA collects from manufacturers and importers;
  • directs the FDA to regulate products containing synthetic nicotine (not made or derived from tobacco);
  • exempts certain cigars from premarket review requirements;
  • establishes a demonstration grant program to develop strategies for smoking cessation in medically underserved communities;
  • increases civil penalties for certain violations of restrictions on the sale of tobacco products; and
  • requires the Government Accountability Office to study e-cigarettes.  

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