Cosponsor the END ENDS Act

Youth and young adults are particularly susceptible to nicotine addiction and nicotine’s negative effects on the brain and body. However, youth e-cigarette use, as well as nicotine concentrations in e-cigarette products, are on the rise.

We urge you to send the below message to your members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor the END ENDS Act (H.R. 3051), which would help make e-cigarettes less addictive and appealing to youth by capping the e-cigarette nicotine concentrations at 20 milligrams per milliliter, allowing the FDA to lower the cap further to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels, and encouraging the FDA to replicate international efforts to prevent youth vaping and examine other ways to regulate e-cigarettes to make them less appealing to youth.

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Cosponsor the END ENDS Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Ending Nicotine Dependence from Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (END ENDS) Act (H.R. 3051), which would cap nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes to make the products less addictive and appealing to youth.

In 2020, one in five high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes, and nearly 40% of those high schoolers reported using e-cigarettes on 20 or more of the past 30 days. Youth and young adults are unknowingly becoming addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes, with a majority unaware of the products' nicotine levels. New technology has allowed e-cigarette manufacturers to increase the amount of addictive nicotine in the products and the speed with which nicotine is delivered. Nicotine exposure before age 25 can harm parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control and can increase the risk for future addiction to other substances and the use of traditional cigarettes.

The END ENDS Act would cap e-cigarette nicotine concentrations at 20 milligrams per milliliter to make e-cigarettes less addictive and appealing to youth and would allow the FDA to lower that cap further to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels. Juul, the most popular e-cigarette brand in the U.S., contains 59 milligrams per milliliter, and other brands, such as popular disposable brand Puff Bar, claim to have similar or even higher levels of nicotine. The bill would also encourage the FDA to successfully replicate international efforts to prevent youth from using e-cigarettes and to examine other ways to regulate the design and function of e-cigarettes to be less appealing to youth.

The rates of youth smoking have been declining for years and we were on the cusp of making this young generation the first to broadly reject tobacco use. Instead, rates are rising and too many young people have become hooked on nicotine products. We must do all we can to reverse this trend.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will cosponsor the END ENDS Act to reduce youth nicotine addiction.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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