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house Bill H.R. 4249

Should E-Cigarette and Vape Ads be Banned from TV & Radio?

Argument in favor

Television and radio ads for e-cigarettes and vapes are driving these products’ use by youth. Given the recent, highly publicized cases of lung damage and even death from these products, it’s clear that companies shouldn’t be allowed to advertise these products to youth who don’t understand the full consequences of their use. Closing the loophole allowing e-cigarette and vape companies to advertise on TV and radio won’t solve the problem of youth vaping on its own, but it’s an important step towards reducing these products’ direct marketing to teens.

Richard's Opinion
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10/08/2019
Well let’s see what the results are so far. It took decades for tobacco to kill people with a warning label. It’s taken months to kill numerous people with this “safe alternative”. Hell yes, it needs a warning label AND regulation!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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10/08/2019
And drug ads, prescription or OTC. We can’t stop people from their willful stupidity, but we can reduce the exposure to others.
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jimK's Opinion
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10/08/2019
Advertising should be banned until more is known as to what specifically is causing the rash of long injuries. It appears that most of the issues arise from custom mixed vaping solutions infused with cannabis oils. I would think that manufacturer’s should be banned from selling any products that can be custom mixed by users or vape shops. Also, the vape solutions that manufacturer’s provide should be regulated to insure lung-safe vaping mixtures. And warning about overuse need to be part of the packaging and any advertising.
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Argument opposed

This bill won’t have much impact, as few e-cigarette or vape companies advertise nationally via television or radio as is. Moreover, given that this advertising ban doesn’t extend to internet ads, social media sponsored posts, or the myriad other ways teens receive product endorsement information, this bill doesn’t close off many major channels for e-cigarette and vape companies to advertise their products to youth, many of which are more effective than TV and radio ads.

Nathan's Opinion
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10/08/2019
Only if they ban pharmaceutical ads as well. Prescription drugs kill far more people than vaping has or ever will. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Pharm is behind this bill. The more illness created by smoking the more money they stand to make. I’d check and see if the politician who created this bill came into some money recently. #BigPharmOwnsDC
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Jen's Opinion
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09/21/2019
Vaping helps people to quit cigarettes. Banning this would only push people back into the habit they got away from or cause them to turn to the black market to purchase their products. You are putting the public at risk by taking this right away! I vape, I vote. Remember that!
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Paul's Opinion
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10/08/2019
So let me get this straight. The government is working towards legalizing marijuana but we’re going to now ban e cigarette ads??, so what happens if pot gets legalized?, there will be cannabis ads but not e cigarette ads?
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedSeptember 9th, 2019
    A no brainer. Yes.
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    Well to be fair cigarette ads on tv were banned long ago. So maybe vapes should be as well. But I wish reasonable gun legislation would get this amount of attention. I don’t like vaping but I’m not comfortable with the possibility that it is being restricted just because the First Lady is like “please think of the children! My son might vape” lady... be a parent. Talk to him.
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    Impeach trump. Impeach Pompeo! Impeach Pence! Impeach Barr! They are all treasonous criminals!! The House must impeach trump. And the Senate must convict trump and remove trump from our government. The evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors is blatant. It’s obvious. It’s in plain sight. Obstruction of justice. Abuse of power. And more. trump must be removed from our government. pence needs to go too. He’s in on it. And barr, pompeo and gulliani. And more. Get this corrupt criminal trump regime out of our government. Now. Toomey and all republicans - you OWN this!! This is the Republican Party today - hypocritical, treasonous, lying, racist, misogynist, cruel, xenophobic, and owned by the NRA and RUSSIA! I never thought I would see it in my lifetime. Appalling. Toomey - I don’t know if you are capable of it - but there is still time to find your spine and integrity. Do the right thing and get this traitorous administration out!!
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    Sure. Right along with pharmaceutical ads, alcohol ads etc.
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    banning ads is a meaningless act. Stop wasting Your time, and our Money on useless things.
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    I am smoker but am trying to quit. I have regretted for trying it years ago. Now I don’t want young people to get addicted to smoking and vaping then regret this. I really think it’s best to shut down cigarettes factories!!!
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    There are differences of opinion but this is not a good habit to develop.
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    Anything limited to those 18 and over should not be mass marketed to children.
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    Television and radio ads for e-cigarettes and vapes are driving these products’ use by youth. Given the recent, highly publicized cases of lung damage and even death from these products, it’s clear that companies shouldn’t be allowed to advertise these products to youth who don’t understand the full consequences of their use. Closing the loophole allowing e-cigarette and vape companies to advertise on TV and radio won’t solve the problem of youth vaping on its own, but it’s an important step towards reducing these products’ direct marketing to teens.
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    The only ads that contain e-cigs and vaping products should be Public Service Announcements that inform the public about their dangers.
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    I find it offensive and very disturbing that these products are being advertised on TV and radio. I was under the impression that tobacco products were banned from these types of ads. I don’t like watching them, especially given the health issues we are seeing with these products.
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    These commercials have done nothing but advertise to youth & make them aware of vaping. Parents should be teaching their kids that vaping is for people quitting smoking, not for people to just do. Because these ads have put vaping directly in front of teens, telling them not to do it with some corny puppet is only going to make them want to do it more. Think about it; did you listen to the “this is your brain on drugs” campaign? Or did that just want to make you smoke weed? I know for me it was the latter.
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    If we know something is a health hazard, why do we advertise it?
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    Why impeach: Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower (Mob bosses are criminals not actors). Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    These vaping devices are deadly. We would not advertise AR15 rifles.
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    Of course
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    What is different than cigarettes if they are causing cancer???
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    We have become an addicted society in which one thing replaces the next. Vaping , to me is just as bad as cigarette smoking and the smoke affects others as well (2nd hand smoke).
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    Until we know what is causing the chemical burns in the lungs ban this
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    If they kill and injure then yes
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