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house Bill H.R. 6529

Should HHS be Prohibited From Awarding Grants to Study Cigar Flavors & Their Appeal to Young People?

Argument in favor

While cigar flavors may play a role in enticing young adults to smoke, there’s no need for the federal government to award $100,000 in grants to study the issue. Research on the subject could be worthwhile, just not on the taxpayer’s dime.

Chickie's Opinion
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08/20/2018
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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Brian 's Opinion
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08/20/2018
This is not what our government was designed for
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Jim2423's Opinion
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08/20/2018
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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Argument opposed

Studying cigar flavors may help HHS understand the 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.

Dave's Opinion
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08/20/2018
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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Paul's Opinion
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08/20/2018
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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Betsy's Opinion
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08/20/2018
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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bill Progress


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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 25th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 6529?

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 of House Bill H.R. 6529

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.


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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    There is absolutely no reason tax money should go to fund such ridiculous studies.
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    I’m not sure we should legislate specific studies.
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    Smoking is a danger why would we encourage our young people to do it?
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    This is just a waste of TAXPAYERS money and time. Here is the answer: they like flavoured cigars because they taste good. Common sense can tell you why teens like flavoured cigars, just like why people like flavoured water!
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    Studying this may help authorities understand the role these products are playing in the health of young people in America and form the most appropriate policy response. Science, especially health and environmental sciences, should be a budget priority for any government.
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