Statement of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on Introduction of the Preventing Online Sale

Rise of E-Cigarettes Represents a Tobacco Tipping Point for Hispanic Youth

Washington, DC – “E-cigarettes are addicting a new generation of smokers and online retail sales are a driving force. We applaud the bipartisan introduction today of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act to close the online door to underage sales and protect the health of our children,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2017-2018 e-cigarette use increased 77.8% among high school and 48.5% among middle school students. Furthermore, while Hispanic adults are the group least likely to smoke, among middle school students Hispanics are the group most likely to use e-cigarettes, representing a new tobacco tipping point. Online sales are a critical component of access to e-cigarettes. Analysis of Nielson data estimates that 25% of the pro