American College of Cardiology President Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the Tobacco-Free Youth Act of 2019, introduced yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-V.A.):
“The American College of Cardiology is committed to reducing youth tobacco usage. It is common knowledge that tobacco has long been associated with heart disease and is responsible for an estimated 6 million deaths a year. We believe it is also important to remember that while there areplenty of data on the impact of conventional cigarettes, the public health, policy-making and scientific communities are still determining the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes—the use of which is growing rapidly among America’s youth. The Tobacco-Free Youth Act of 2019 will help prevent chronic disease and protect public health by restricting youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
On behalf of our patients, ACC members thank the Senators for their efforts to reduce youth tobacco use and stand ready to partner with them—and other members of Congress—to enact strong legislation establishing a federal age of 21 for the sale of all tobacco products.”