Combating Vaping

February 26, 2019

I testified before the legislature's Committee on Children in support of HB 6404, a measure I am championing with several of my colleagues to prohibit the sale of flavored electronic cigarette liquids and tobacco products. While Connecticut has successfully fought the battle against smoking – youth smoking rates are way down and the damaging effects of tobacco have decreased - just over the past three years, high school aged vaping rates have doubled.

Vaping is just another way to ingest nicotine and, as we know, nicotine is an addictive substance, and especially addicting to pre and adolescent developing brains.

The Surgeon General declared in December 2018 that vaping among youth is an “epidemic” - it is time for us to fight back against these harmful products.

I know this is an important matter for many of my constituents, and I wanted to give you a quick update on my work on this issue. Together, we can prevent our youth from becoming addicted to nicotine and improve quality of life for them in the long run.

Please continue to reach out to my office with any concerns you may have at 800-842-8267 or by email at Kate.Rotella@cga.ct.gov and visit my Facebook page for updates.