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