Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, whose father died of lung cancer when Durbin was in high school, has battled Big Tobacco for decades. Twenty-five years ago, after a fateful flight from Phoenix to Chicago, he fought to ban smoking on airplanes, a public-health victory that revolutionized air travel and helped change public perceptions of smoking.
Today, Senator Durbin’s battling Big Tobacco’s use of flavored e-cigarettes to addict a new generation to nicotine. In September, after years of delay, FDA will finally begin reviewing thousands of these products that have been allowed to remain on the market illegally. Durbin explains why FDA should ban all flavors, why the agency's regulatory process should be public, and why parents voices matter now more than ever in the ongoing fight to protect our kids from the predatory behavior of Big Tobacco.