Sen. Cornyn Holds Roundtable On Vaping Legislation In Fort Worth

Andrew Greenstein
December 06, 2019 - 5:06 pm
en. Cornyn Holds Roundtable On Vaping Legislation In Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Sen. John Cornyn held his roundtable on federal vaping legislation in Fort Worth Friday afternoon.

“This is a full-blown public health crisis,” Sen. Cornyn told a news conference immediately after the 45-minute roundtable that also featured Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and health professionals.

It was moderated by Dr. Michael Williams, president of the UNT Health Science Center, where the discussion was held.

Cornyn is pushing the bipartisan bill, which would ban anyone under 18 from buying vaping products online.

“If it’s illegal for children under the age of 18 to buy tobacco, they ought not to be able to buy e-cigarettes,” says Sen. Cornyn.

Cornyn has been working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the bipartisan legislation, and Cornyn wants to move quickly.

“My hope would be we could get this through the Senate as early as next week and on the president’s desk and signed before the end of the year,” Cornyn says.

Among those at the roundtable was Anna Carey, 16, who became addicted to vaping when she was a high school freshman.

“I was completely broke, but any penny would go towards vaping,” Carey said during the discussion. “I lost so many friends because of it.”

Not only did she lose many friends, she lost her health, so much so that she went to urgent care after experiencing excruciating pain.

“They sent me to the hospital, and they said I had pneumonia,” says Carey. “Then they sent me in an ambulance to Cook Children’s, and they diagnosed me with chemical-induced pneumonia in both of my lungs.”

Cornyn says he and his colleague been getting pushback from manufacturers of vaping products.

But he remains undeterred in pushing the legislation through.

“The way this is sold is, ‘Well, this isn’t as dangerous for you as smoking cigarettes’,” Cornyn told the panel. “Well, shooting yourself in the foot isn’t as dangerous as shooting yourself in the head.”