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.
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.
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.