Dear Mrs. Trump:
As moms, we greatly appreciate your commitment to protecting the health of our children. We especially applaud you for taking a bold stance on the youth e-cigarette epidemic that is addicting so many of our kids and affecting so many families.
We strongly support the Trump Administration's plan to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes, including the mint and menthol flavors used by nearly two thirds of high school e-cigarette users. However, we feel compelled to express our deep concern over reports that the Administration could side with the tobacco companies that are fighting to keep mint and menthol e-cigarettes on the market. If these flavors remain available, this public health crisis will get even worse.
Mint and menthol e-cigarettes are already very popular with kids. Over the last two years, the number of high school e-cigarette users who choose these flavors rose by 50%. If mint and menthol e-cigarettes are left on the market, even more kids will use them.
There is no time to waste in confronting this worsening epidemic of youth nicotine addiction. 5 million kids now use e-cigarettes, including over 1 in 4 high schoolers. Tobacco companies are luring our kids with enticing flavors, including mint and menthol, and addicting them with huge doses of nicotine.
Mothers of every political persuasion and in every region of this country are struggling to cope with this crisis. We care deeply about this issue and we need your help.
We were greatly encouraged when you spoke out about this serious problem and joined the President in announcing the Administration's bold plan. To protect our kids, we urge you to stand strong and work to ensure the Administration implements its original plan to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes – including mint and menthol. Moms and families will stand with you if you do so.
Moms Against Mint and Menthol