The public health crisis surrounding e-cigarettes drew congressional scrutiny on Tuesday, as the House of Representatives commenced hearings on the spate of illnesses and deaths that have been linked to vaping.
A House Oversight and Reform subcommittee heard testimony from Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said that the U.S. should look into banning flavored e-cigarettes as a means to protect young people.
“We are extremely concerned about flavors and the role that they play in hooking young people to a life of nicotine, and we really want to avoid another generation being addicted to nicotine, so addressing flavors directly is a good idea,” Schuchat said, as quoted by CNBC.
Schuchat was among several doctors to testify before the panel, joining Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health and Dr. Albert Rizzo, the chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. In addition, the panel was also scheduled to hear from the parent of a teen who apparently fell seriously ill from vaping.
Tuesday’s hearing marked a continuation of a probe by the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s panel on consumer products—an investigation that was prompted by a