SENATE Bill (SB) 2239 is described in virtuous ways, hinting that it would introduce regulation protecting the youth and curbing cigarette addiction. But that portrayal is a ruse because the bill actually proposes to relax regulations on vaping, e-cigarettes and similar products. We urge senators to vote against the measure, which is also known as the "Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act."

Earlier this year, the House passed a counterpart legislation, House Bill 9007, or the "Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act." Then, last month, senators approved its version for plenary deliberation. The bills appear to be making their way through Congress faster than the coronavirus.

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