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.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
House Committee on Natural ResourcesIndian, Insular and Alaska Native AffairsHouse Committee on Energy and CommerceHealthHouse Committee on Education and the WorkforceHouse Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedJuly 25th, 2018
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What is it?
In-Depth: This 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 Commission, end 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.
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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