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Anti-Vaping Bill Would Charge Industry for Its Own Regulation

Dec. 13, 2019, 5:46 PM

A bipartisan trio of lawmakers Friday released a plan to levy a quarterly fee on e-cigarette manufacturers, using the money to pay for programs aimed at cutting youth use of e-cigarettes.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) unveiled the bill saying the prevention programs, slated to cost $200 million, are essential to curbing use of e-cigarettes among young people.

A demonstrator vapes during a rally outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9, 2019.
Photographer: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

“If we don’t take this seriously, we risk the health of an entire generation of American kids.” Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said.

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