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US lawmakers seek to stem the flow of e-cigarettes to China

Members of the new congressional committee on US-China relations sent the petition to officials of the Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, drawing attention to the “tremendous proliferation of illegal products in vaping.”

The letter cited reports from The Associated Press about how thousands of new disposable e-cigarettes have hit the market in recent years, most made in China and sold in flavors like watermelon. and gummy bears.

The FDA has declared all these products illegal. Companies that want to sell e-cigarettes in the United States are required to first apply for a permit from the FDA, although many products imported from China skip that step. The agency only allows a small handful of tobacco-flavored vaporizers for adult smokers.

In May, the agency asked customs officials to block imports of the Elf Bar, a small, colorful vaporizer that is a top choice among teenagers.

The AP noted that the company behind Elf Bar was able to escape the ban by simply changing the name of its products, which remain widely available in convenience stores and vape shops.

“We ask that you work with Customs and Border Protection to quickly resolve this urgent issue,” said the bipartisan letter from the commission’s 12 members, including its chairman, Republican Mike Gallagher, and a Democrat from Illinois. Raja Krishnamoorthi.

The special commission was created last year with the aim of countering China’s policies that harm the US economy. Tensions between the two countries have been rising for years, and China and the United States have adopted retaliatory measures against imports.


The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Science and Educational Media Group of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. AP is solely responsible for all content.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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