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      house Committees
      House Committee on Natural Resources
      Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      House Committee on Education and the Workforce
      House Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 25th, 2018

What is it?

This bill would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from using federal funds to award a grant to study cigar flavors in order to understand how different cigar flavors affect the likelihood of young adults beginning to smoke. HHS awarded over $100,000 in taxpayer dollars to research how the flavor of a cigar is related to the likelihood of young adults beginning to smoke.

Impact

Cigars; cigar flavors; and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate for this bill is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthThis bill is part of sponsoring Rep. Ralph Norman’s (R-SC) Wasteful Wednesdays initiative, in which he introduces new legislation every week aiming to reduce government spending he views as wasteful. 

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers association has not made a public statement of opposition to this bill, but is watching it on behalf of its membership.

There are no cosponsors of this bill.


Of Note: Other bills Rep. Norman has introduced as part of this initiative include legislation to eliminate the Denali Commissionend a Department of Health and Human Services grant to the University of Alabama that developed a virtual reality platform designed to teach children in China how to cross the street, block the National Endowment for the Arts from funding part of South Dakota State University’s “Historic Hobo Day,” and prohibit the National Science Foundation from studying how Members of Congress interact with each other.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStock / ChepeNicoli)

Official Title

To prohibit the use of Federal funds by the Department of Health and Human Services to award a grant to study cigar flavors.

    Good Lord! I’m not a scientist, but surely the $100,000 of taxpayer dollars could be spent more wisely. This extravagant spending must stop! Someone must step up and speak up in favor of responsible spending.
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    Public health hazards of flavored tobacco products in cigars and more tobacco products (such as vapes), and to form the most appropriate policy response to these flavored tobacco products. Study’s on the long term effects of vapes and other product should not be political, but objective. Tobacco is a cancerous product, also the sugars feed the cancers. People that uses vapes might like to know what kind of cancer they will get, so the insurance companies can deny them coverage. I am for data and research, you never know where it will take you!
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    I’m sorry, but why don’t y’all just call it the “Coddling Big Tobacco to Own The Libs Act”? Because that is literally all this bill is. Are y’all having James Bond villains write your legislation? Because that is some serious cartoon villain baloney right there.
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    We need well-funded research to examine reasons why young people initiate smoking so that we can develop programs to prevent smoking.
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    This is not what our government was designed for
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    Cigars have been around for better than 200 years. If they haven’t figured it out by now. Well, I’ll guess with you. Another tax payer tip off.
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    This is ridiculous. We’re actually talking about the Federal government granting money for “Cigar Studies”?! Give me a break, biggest waste of money.
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    Private research will do a better job. Change my mind...
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    This is ridiculous, we have funds to study cigar flavors but not gun violence? Fund studies that matter
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    Give me the $100,000. I can tell you the answer in one word, “Yes.” Kids like flavorful anything. Doctor’s, Pharmacists and Marry Poppins figured this out long ago with, ‘A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, medicine go down, medicine go down. A spoonful...’. Besides, I could really use the money.
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    No taxpayer moeny should go to funding anything that benefits any industry of addiction, especially one so dangerous.
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    Yes. Yes they should be prohibited. You would've had my "Yes" if the question has stopped at "Should HHS be prohibited from awarding grants?". If I want it studied, I'll donate. Stop taking my money to find studies and art and wars and bureaucracies that I do not want! You're not doing me any favors! I will not thank you for your "service"! Stop stealing from me and expecting me to be grateful!
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    Not the job of the Federal Government.
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    Such a waste, find it very hard to understand how something like this could get funded. Vote smart.
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    Why would we want to know this? It seems like something that would benefit the cigar industry more than American health.
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    Look it does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out why don’t you spend this on the homeless issue. Young kids are going too smoke drink look at history, put the money too better use. Too people who can be helped and need the help.
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    Yes! Duh!!!!
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    I believe we need Grants for research into Conservatism and Conservative Oppression and it’s affect on the young people and the generation population. This could generate a potential solution to obtain world peace.
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    Another battle in the long war republicans are waging on information, education, intelligence and truth. Grape and bubble gum flavors are not targeting adults.
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    Science and evidence based policy is crucial to our success as a society
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