Urgent: Don't Let Big Tobacco Slip Through Another Loophole


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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to vote NO on Senate Bill 232 restricting minors from buying electronic cigarettes. While I agree that we should protect youth from potential health risks due to the use of e-cigarettes, we must also avoid potential loopholes created in this bill that the tobacco industry can exploit in the future.

In addition, youth possession of e-cigarettes on school campuses may be addressed more simply alongside the tobacco, alcohol & other drug policy present in administrative code instead of in state law.

New Mexico cannot afford to give the tobacco industry another loophole to exploit when it comes to e-cigarettes.

State law should include e-cigarettes within the definition of tobacco products. E-cigarettes must be defined as tobacco products because:

They are being heavily marketed like traditional cigarettes.

They are being used like traditional cigarettes.

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. restricts the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from regulating e-cigarettes under the drug and device provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act absent therapeutic claims. Instead the ruling states e-cigarettes can be regulated as tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared its intent to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

Please vote NO on Senate Bill 232 to ensure New Mexico's kids are protected and the tobacco industry won't benefit in the future.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]