KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 – US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi announced new legislation to cap nicotine content in e-cigarettes to maximum 20 milligrammes per millilitre.
“As a concerned parent, I am committed to preventing a new generation of nicotine addicts,” Krishnamoorthi was quoted saying, according to CNN.
“Capping the concentration of nicotine in e-cigarettes is integral to ending the youth vaping epidemic by making these products less addictive, less appealing to youth, and less harmful to public health.
“After all, while flavours hook kids, it’s nicotine that nets them and pulls them on the boat into a lifelong vaping habit and addiction.”
In September, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) revealed that 27.5 per cent of high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2019, which is an increase from 20.8 per cent in 2018 and 11.7 per cent in 2017.
Under the proposed legislation, the FDA can lower the cap further if necessary.
Before the bill, no national cap exists in the US, but some brands contain several times that — including 59 mg/ml in a 5 per cent Juul pod.