As reported by CNN, lawmakers have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to temporarily clear the market of all e-cigarettes for the length of the coronavirus crisis. In a letter, lawmakers highlighted emerging research suggesting that vape use may be tied to an increased risk of acquiring Covid-19 as well as heightened or intensified symptoms.
“[We’re seeing this] in vapers as young as 13, which is particularly concerning, given that young people are increasingly driving the spread of COVID-19, threatening the health and safety of Americans of all ages,” wrote Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, who authored and sent the letter on behalf of the subcommittee. Chairman Krishnamoorthi noted that young people who have used e-cigarettes are as much as five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 (emphasis added).
The subcommittee has asked for the FDA to confirm by August 18 whether or not it will temporarily clear the market of all e-cigarettes and vape devices.
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