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China is the greatest global threat to the United States, and Communist insidious influence is not limited to Asia. The danger China poses to the American people is also seen here at home.
The CCP finds many ways to threaten the motherland and reduce our quality of life. Some ways may seem trivial or insignificant, but they affect our nation’s future in the same way.
One such method the CCP uses to undermine our country is to turn a blind eye while Chinese manufacturers flood our country with fentanyl.
China is the United States’ largest source of fentanyl, and its supply has a significant impact on American adolescents. Overdose deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl increased 182 percent from July-December 2019 to July-December 2021, according to data released May 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. shown to have increased. Nearly 70,000 children aged 10 to 19 died from fentanyl overdoses. 2021 (last year for which full statistics are available) – nearly four times the rate five years ago.
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These statistics recently came to the attention of the U.S. Senate, which sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Anthony Brinken on May 11 stating that if the Chinese Communist Party does not get involved in stopping the epidemic, it will continue to do so. He called for sanctions against Chinese pharmaceutical and chemical companies responsible for the outbreak.
While the fentanyl crisis has been in the public eye lately, it is not the only public health crisis in America emanating from the People’s Republic affecting America’s youth.
China is also the world’s leading e-cigarette producer. And while e-cigarettes are undoubtedly a better alternative to smoking for adults (I support this alternative), some Chinese manufacturers are targeting US youth. They do this primarily by selling single-use e-cigarettes in flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy on TikTok and other social media platforms.
The Chinese company’s marketing campaign has paid off. Flavored e-cigarettes dominate the disposable e-cigarette market, with non-tobacco flavors accounting for nearly 95% of use cases.
Aware of this problem, the Food and Drug Administration sought to curb the spread of addictive flavored e-cigarettes in China. However, the 2020 policy response only covered reusable, cartridge-based e-cigarettes. At the time, the agency did not consider single-use flavored e-cigarettes to be a problem and allowed them to remain on the market. However, the market is dynamic and its use is currently exploding among minors.
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From 2020 (the year the FDA action on non-disposable e-cigarette products took effect) to 2021, the single-use e-cigarette market has grown from a quarter to nearly 37.5% of the total e-cigarette market. This alarming statistic shows that even the FDA’s 2020 policy response hasn’t stopped Chinese flavored e-cigarettes from reaching our teens. I just changed the shipping method for VAPE.
Reports also suggest that these Chinese manufacturers are fortifying these disposable e-cigarettes with illegal levels of nicotine to increase addiction levels among children. But while the addition of nicotine makes e-cigarettes more addictive for children, the addition of fentanyl can be deadly.
Given the extent to which China is channeling fentanyl into the United States, it’s not all that surprising that officials have reportedly found some of these e-cigarettes laced with fentanyl. .
Many teens buy e-cigarettes from Chinese sites, which are not subject to strict U.S. regulations. These unregulated Chinese manufacturers can easily adulterate their products with the deadly drug, and there are already many disturbing examples of such fentanyl-laced e-cigarettes in school districts across the country.
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China itself is aware of the dangers of flavored e-cigarettes for its young people, which is why the communist state banned flavored e-cigarettes in its domestic market last year. But the ban allowed Chinese manufacturers to continue making e-cigarettes for overseas markets.
The CCP knows that single-use flavored e-cigarettes are an addictive product that poses special risks to minors. But communists don’t care about the danger flavored single-use e-cigarettes pose to American children. All they see is a profitable way of undermining a key adversary.
America should not allow China to exploit this dangerous loophole that the communists have closed at home. This is not just a public health issue, it is also a national security issue.
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We must do everything in our power to protect our children from these dangerous products. Strengthening existing policy guidance to crack down on China’s smuggling of fentanyl, while at the same time addressing the candy-flavored single-use e-cigarettes that continue to be sold to children in the country, will allow China to reach the public within our borders. It will protect our youth while preventing it from continuing to create a health crisis.
America’s youth are our nation’s most precious resource. FDA should not allow China to jeopardize their future. We need to resolve this issue before it’s too late.
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