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Stewart Continues Fight Against Youth Tobacco Use

Washington, DC, July 26, 2019

Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joins Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) in introducing the Smoke-Free Schools Act, H.R. 4019. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the problem of e-cigarettes in schools.

This bill amends the Pro-Children Act of 2001 to explicitly include e-cigarettes in the smoking ban currently enacted in educational and childcare facilities.

“E-cigarettes have made their way into schools across the country and have quickly become an epidemic among youth. E-cigarettes need to be taken as serious as combustible cigarettes and this bill is a great start.”  - Rep. Chris Stewart

“We are in the midst of an adolescent tobacco epidemic. Too many children are being exposed to e-cigarettes in schools, threatening the progress we have made in reducing tobacco use. This bill provides our teachers and school administrators with federal support to tackle this public health crisis and prevent another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.” - Rep. Eliot L. Engel

More about the “Smoke-Free Schools Act”:

The use of e-cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (“ENDS”) has increased at an alarming rate in schools and among today’s youth. From 2017-2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recorded a nearly 48% increase in e-cigarette use among middle schoolers, and a nearly 78% increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers.

This legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

Endorsing organizations include: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National PTA (PTA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), American Lung Association (ALA), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, & New Mexico PTA.

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