Toxic Marketing Claims and Their Dangers

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, will convene a hearing titled, “Toxic Marketing Claims and Their Dangers” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The hearing will address, among other topics, how alleged deceptive marketing practices and claims may have fueled the proliferation of unsafe products among vulnerable populations in the United States, particularly those of e-cigarettes and vaporizers among youth and current smokers looking for cessation tools.




  • Mr. Josh Stein, Attorney General, North Carolina
  • Dr. Robert Jackler, Professor, Stanford University; Founder, Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising
  • Ms. Ariel Fox Johnson, Senior Counsel for Global Policy, Common Sense Media
  • Ms. Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Acting Chair, Federal Trade Commission


*Witness List is Subject to Change 


Hearing Details: 


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

2:30 P.M. EDT 

Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security



This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Opening statements and a live video of the hearing will be available at


Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream. Social distancing is now lifted for vaccinated members of the press who wish to attend. The Office of the Attending Physician recommends that all individuals wear masks while in interior spaces and other individuals are present.




Witness Panel 1