DeLauro: E-cig use by youth climbs steadily while FDA takes no action

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a part of Shelton, said a new study showing increased use of e-cigarettes by high school students is another reason why the product should not be sold to minors.

"This new CDC report backs up previous research that indicates many more adolescents are seeking out these potentially dangerous nicotine delivery systems,” said DeLauro, a Democrat just elected to her 13th term.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that e-tobacco use among high school students has climbed steadily for the past three years. In 2011, 1.5% of that population reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. Today, that number is 4.5%.

Ban sales to minors, ‘child-friendly’ flavors

DeLauro wants U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to back a rule that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

She also wants the FDA to prohibit “child-friendly [e-cigarette] flavorings” such as chocolate or bubble gum, and “youth-oriented marketing practices” such as celebrity endorsements.

“We must continue to fight the scourge of nicotine use among our nation’s youth, including e-cigarettes ... I renew that call and pledge to do everything within my power to ensure more of our young people do not fall victim to nicotine addiction.”

DeLauro sits on the subcommittee responsible for funding the FDA. Congress gave the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, which DeLauro co-sponsored.

Shelton has two congressional districts

DeLauro represents the Third Congressional District, which includes a part of Shelton and most of the greater New Haven region. She lives in New Haven.

Part of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich. Himes was just re-elected to a fourth term  in the district that includes most of Fairfield County.