Romney, others want to slap $100M in user fees on e-cigarette makers

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney, are looking to tap e-cigarette manufacturers for $100 million a year for stronger Food and Drug Administration oversight of the vaping industry.

The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would require that e-cigarette makers pay user fees to the FDA for safety reviews of vaping products, to prevent sales of e-cigarettes to minors and to help efforts to educate youth on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

“By granting the FDA the authorization to collect user fees on e-cigarettes, our legislation builds on the positive work done so far to tackle the vaping crisis and protect our kids’ health in Utah and across the country,” Romney, R-Utah, said.

Tobacco companies pay FDA user fees, but e-cigarette manufactures are exempt under current law. The amount collected from e-cigarette makers would be proportional to their share of the overall tobacco market as determined by FDA.

Companion legislation will be introduced in the House.

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Dennis Romboy
Dennis Romboy is an editor and reporter for the Deseret News. He has covered a variety of beats over the years, including state and local government, social issues and courts. A Utah native, Romboy earned a degree in journalism from the University of Utah. He enjoys cycling, snowboarding and running.


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