The vaping epidemic is a major public health threat to our kids

(CNN)It’s a new version of an old battle. As a novice congressman, I ran up against the most powerful lobby in Washington. It was explained to my class of freshman Democrats that we should not attack tobacco. It was a big local issue in Kentucky, the Carolinas and beyond. Southern Democrats were linked by tobacco even if production was negligible in their individual districts. In the minds of many, looking the other way on this issue produced Democratic votes for scores of other fights. But this image of a unified House Democratic Caucus was not as powerful as another image I carried my whole life. declined from 28% in 2001 to less than 8% today. However, anyone who believed the …