After links to teen seizures, DeCroce calls for action on bill restricting e-cigs

After links to teen seizures, DeCroce calls for action on bill restricting e-cigs

BettyLou DeCroce

TRENTON, N.J. – Following reports the Food and Drug Administration is investigating dozens of seizures in teenagers who use e-cigarettes, DeCroce wrote letters to the chairs of the Assembly and Senate Law and Public Safety committees urging action on her legislation.

DeCroce’s bill (A5107) and the identical Senate bill (S3597) banning the possession of the devices by anyone under the age of 21 were referenced to those committees.

“We know more and more kids are vaping,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “What we don’t know are the risks, the temporary and permanent health dangers. For the sake of our children who believe they found a safe alternative to cigarettes, the Legislature should act now to remove potentially unsafe e-cigs from young hands.”

In the letter, DeCroce cited an NBC report that the FDA is investigating 35 seizure cases with teen users, and others reported by physicians.

“Manufacturers are known to mislabel the amount of nicotine in their products, so it’s hard to know the true levels in these e-cigarettes,” said DeCroce. “Their fun flavors appeal to young people and the exposure of nicotine at a young age could lead to a lifetime of addiction or worse.”

In one study, researchers found that adolescents using the most popular pod-style e-cigarettes had higher levels of addictive nicotine in their bodies than those who smoked conventional cigarettes. Nicotine has also been shown to be harmful to adolescent brain development.

DeCroce asked Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro and Sen. Linda Greenstein, who also sponsors the Senate version, to post the bills in committee “to combat the overuse of e-cigarettes by young people.”

“It is vitally important that we as public officials take action quickly to prevent our children from suffering adverse health effects from e-cigarettes,” concluded DeCroce.