Only Young Addicts –
February 5, 2020 – Under questioning from Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), the oversight subcommittee chairwoman, the executives admitted that nicotine is addictive and that using their products can lead to nicotine addiction. After the hearing, DeGette said she was glad the executives were able to acknowledge that nicotine is addictive. However, she said they needed to be more open.
“I was really disturbed when they refused to answer the questions about the very real health risks of nicotine,” DeGette told reporters. “And this is what has been happening … is the main manufacturers have been trying to convince people, and they’ve convinced many teenagers, that nicotine is not harmful if it’s delivered through e-cigarettes, and that’s just inaccurate.”