To: The United States House of Representatives
Stop IQOS From Vaporizing Millions Of Lives
We ask that Congress act with urgency to direct and enable FDA to immediately conduct testing for residues of toxic and banned pesticides on the Tobacco component of IQOS before any further consideration of any of the pending IQOS applications.
Why is this important?
The pesticides in IQOS Tobacco won't be burned - they'll be vaporized with full bioactivity intact. There will be much higher concentrations of these toxic substances in Tobacco vapor than in Tobacco smoke.
Teens and younger children whose neurological and reproductive development is still highly vulnerable to the xenobiotic activity of these chemicals will be inhaling a concentrated pesticide vapor, including vapors of pesticides banned for use anywhere in the world.
In its applications for IQOS Philip Morris never mentions pesticides. Accidental oversight or deliberate omission? Philip Morris is well aware of the presence of these toxic substances in the world Tobacco supply yet they appear nowhere in the list of substances that Philip Morris deceptively claims are the principal hazards being avoided by IQOS users in comparison to Tobacco product smokers.
The FDA actually has the authority but does not seem to be using it
907(a)(1)(B) of Section 907 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act:
(B) ADDITIONAL SPECIAL RULE.—Beginning 2 years after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a tobacco product manufacturer shall not use tobacco, including foreign grown tobacco, that contains a pesticide chemical residue that is at a level greater than is specified by any tolerance applicable under Federal law to domestically grown tobacco.
Congress must act now to intervene and reveal this deception for the public health threat it is, before IQOS can begin vaporizing millions of lives.