House Markup: Legislation Including the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:00am

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, will hold a markup session to consider four bills, including HR 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. 

HR 2339 would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21; prohibit characterizing flavors in all tobacco products, including mint and menthol; and direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue regulations to prohibit non-face-to-face sales of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. HR 2339 would also make it unlawful to market, advertise, or promote any e-cigarette product to individuals under the age of 21. This would include requiring manufacturers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to be held to the same advertising and sales requirements currently applied to the sale, distribution, and use of traditional cigarettes. Finally, the bill authorizes FDA to collect user fees from manufacturers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and increases the total amount of fees collected by $100 million. An amendment in the nature of a substitute will be offered during markup of HR 2339 that incorporates FDA technical assistance as well as other changes.

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.