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Gary Reedy attends meeting at White House to discuss e-cigarettes and youth

Public health partners urged the President to keep promise and remove all flavored e-cigarettes from market

On Nov 22, Gary Reedy, CEO of ACS and ACS CAN, attended a meeting with President Trump and administration officials at the White Hous to discuss a regulatory next step to address the ongoing youth e-cigarette use epidemic. Leaders from several of our partner groups including the American Medical Association, the American Lung Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also attended.

CEOs from industry groups including the American Vaping Association, JUUL, Altria, and the National Association of Convenience Stores were also invited. The President has been on record noting he is working to arrive at regulatory guidance that will address the youth use epidemic without adversely impacting the business community.

Gary communicated to the President that the public health perspective is clear: we will not compromise on the health of our next generation. Furthermore, the solution to solving the e-cigarette youth epidemic will not come from the industry responsible for it. Together with our public health partners, Gary urged the President to keep the commitment made in the Oval Office in September to release comprehensive compliance policy that pulls all flavored e-cigarettes off the market and direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to execute its full authority over all tobacco products. The tobacco industry has used fruit, mint and menthol, and candy flavors to lure a new generation and addicted them to their products with nicotine.

The invitation to attend this meeting was a direct result of ACS CAN's engagement – both staff and volunteer - on this issue in Washington, D.C. and across the country, and most recently the advertising that ACS CAN ran during the past few weeks and months.

Gary said: "The meeting this afternoon was an important opportunity for the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to be on record reinforcing our call for comprehensive regulation of these products and immediately prohibiting all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. President Trump expressly acknowledged that the perspective of our organizations is important and noted, 'We want to take care of our kids.'"

Some of Gary's comments were picked up by the Associated Press

"No formal proposal or guidance was issued coming out of this meeting, but we plan to continue to engage the administration, the President, and the public to ensure our voice is heard," Gary said.

Together with our public health partners, we issued a joint statement following the meeting. 

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