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Keep e-cigarettes out of teens' hands

Although youth cigarette smoking rates are historically low, teen use of e-cigarettes has tripled over the past few years ("Electronic cigarettes merit FDA oversight," July 4).

There is no reason for a teen to use any tobacco product, and the Food and Drug Administration is working on regulations that could help keep e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other products out of the hands of our kids.

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Yet, Congress is considering weakening the FDA's ability to protect Americans from many unregulated and untested tobacco products that are currently on the market.

By changing the so-called "grandfather date" for e-cigarettes, little cigars and other soon-to-be regulated tobacco products, Congress would exempt these products from FDA oversight make it easier for the industry to turn our kids into lifetime tobacco users.

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I'm asking Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to oppose this plan. Congress should not give a free pass to the tobacco industry while the FDA is working to protect our kids' health.

Lance Barbour, Towson

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