The legislation was voted 213-195, which would prohibit flavoring tobacco products, including vapor products and cigarettes flavored with menthol flavor.
The move comes after the White House banned vaping most flavored products last month. In reverse from the previous position of President Donald Trump, the prohibited products will have left him drunk safe and approved products available in vape stores in every taste.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the plan was balanced, but that the decision of the Administration Democrats was addressing the decision of the administration against stricter ban.
“There is no ban on so-called savor giving immunity to menthol and vape shops,” New Jersey Democrat Representative Frank Pallone Jr. said in a statement at the time. “Unfortunately, the Trump administration put lobbying pressure on the industry and decided to prioritize politics on people’s health.”
The vote on Friday was seen as the response of the Home Democrats to the administrative approach. He is not expected to go in a Republican Senate. Republicans voted the House against the bill, while the members argued during Friday’s floor debate that, while the youth epidemic epidemic is frightening and worthwhile, policymakers should not make the products possible. select adult users.
Five Republicans – Florida Vern Buchanan Reps, Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania, Pete King from New York, Chris Smith from New Jersey and Fred Upton of Michigan – voted for the bill.
Some of the Democratic members expressed concern at the vote that the bill could cause disproportionate damage to black and rural communities in targeting menthol. Thirteen Democratic Party voted against the bill, including several members of the Congressional Black Caucasus, G.K. Butterfield in North Carolina, Donald McEachin from Virginia, Hank Johnson from Georgia, Bennie Thompson from Mississippi, Al Lawson from Florida, Cedric Richmond from Louisiana, Marcia Fudge Ohio and Yvette Clarke from New York.
Members from several conservative areas, including Reps, Anthony Brindisi from New York, Jared Golden of Maine, Ben McAdams from Utah, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, also opposed the bill.
“Prevention that focuses on menthol products but which ignores other premium tobacco products seriously affects the black community. This asymmetric ban feels more than a targeted attack than a neutral healthcare policy decision,” she said. “In reality, white smokers would have had little difference in their lives after this ban and black smokers could face more severe harassment from law enforcement if possible. hint the menthol smoke stop to stop. “
Democratic leaders felt that the legislation would disproportionately penalize the black community, ensuring that the blocking of menthol products to black smokers would help to quit smoking.
Mr Robin Kelly, who chairs the Black Communist Health Braintrust, urged colleagues to support the bill.
“This critical legislation will protect young people, particularly young people from color, from the life cycle of nicotine addiction. It will not prevent, but prevent weighing and other tobacco products from flavoring the lives of people – especially black life,” she said. the floor of the House.
She also said that the opposition does not contribute to the measure because of the view that it would be disproportionately detrimental to the black community “but a cycle in which many members of the American African community have already been involved.”