(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement in response to a Yale School of Medicine study that found a quarter of Connecticut high school students have tried an e-cigarette.
“These findings are deeply troubling, signaling chronic health problems ahead for thousands of Connecticut youth. Our nation’s timid and tepid regulations are failing to protect children, who are being callously lured into a lifetime of addiction by tobacco companies who continue to entice youth with cynically flavored e-cigarettes. This study confirms and amplifies earlier research that shows children who have not previously used traditional tobacco products are experimenting with e-cigarettes—a glaring alarm bell that should serve as a call to action to lawmakers and regulators. We must act swiftly and strongly to protect children from this growing health scourge,” Blumenthal said.