Durbin, Waxman, Harkin, Rockefeller & Members of Congress: Report Shows E-Cigarette Marketing Campaigns Lighting Up Among Young Users
Eleven Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives today released a report that shows a dramatic recent increase in the marketing of electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – with extensive resources being dedicated to social media, sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and television and radio advertisements that reach substantial youth audiences. The report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” is the first comprehensive investigation of e-cigarette marketing tactics and was compiled using responses from eight e-cigarette manufacturers received by the lawmakers from their investigation into the industry and other publicly available information.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori to share the concerns of media and business experts on the Tribune Company’s proposed spinoff of its newspaper unit, which includes the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country, serving as the primary source of news for millions of people in Southern California.
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to General Motors Chief Executive Office Mary T. Barra requesting information about the company’s knowledge of why and how it approved production of faulty ignition switches. In a briefing last week, ignition switch supplier Delphi informed Committee staff that GM knowingly approved ignition switches that fell below the company’s technical specifications in 2002 and again in 2006 when the switch was redesigned.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about his comments regarding climate change, offering to arrange a briefing with the nation's preeminent climate scientists. The full text of the letter follows:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the announcement by Rep. John Dingell on his retirement from Congress:
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and members of the Safe Climate Caucus will announce Thursday their new initiative to take action to respond to the threat of climate change. They will discuss the climate change and environmental issues facing Congress and the country in the coming year.
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on CVS Caremark’s announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1:
Ranking Members Waxman and Tonko Request Information on Areas of Agreement Between Industry and Public Interest Groups on TSCA Reform
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko sent letters to the American Chemistry Council President and Chief Executive Officer Calvin M. Dooley and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Director Andy Igrejas seeking a document identifying areas of agreement for reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).