Trump Administration Announces Plans to Ban Flavored E-cigarettes

Trump vows to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid spike in teenage use still wavers on gun control despite mass shootings

Trump vows to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid spike in teenage use still wavers on gun control despite mass shootings

The move is raising some eyebrows, though, as the rash of mysterious vaping-related deaths and illnesses has not previously been linked to flavored e-cigs, but to counterfeit or contaminated products, including tobacco and cannabis.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the FDA is drafting a plan that will remove all flavored vaping products from shelves except plain tobacco.

"When my children were growing up, even when they didn't know what drinking was, I'd say 'no alcohol, no cigarettes, no drugs, '" Trump recalled during a CNN town hall during the 2016 campaign.

"Before we would give the students leeway", Thomsen says, "Now we're cracking down on it because we've got kids who would never have picked up cigarettes that are now really addicted to this habit; it's easily accessible for them".

Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his administration was considering a ban on flavored vaping products, amid a growing outbreak of severe lung disease in the U.S. that has claimed at least six lives.

Trump's announcement comes one day after Kansas health officials confirmed the sixth vaping-related death in the United States. More often than not, when smokers quit, they invest in a vape to help ease them off of cigarettes.

But parents, teachers and health advocates have increasingly called for a crackdown on flavours, arguing that they are overwhelmingly to blame for the explosion in underage vaping by U.S. teens, particularly with small, discrete devices.

Romney in his letter asked federal health officials to "strongly consider" if e-cigarette devices meet the FDA's classification recall, which is issued when officials deem a regulated product as either "defective or potentially harmful".

Preliminary data from the latest survey of youth tobacco use shows this trend is continuing: More than a quarter of high school kids used vapes in 2019, according to HHS.

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Billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, who on Tuesday announced a $160 million campaign to ban vaping, said the flavor ban was overdue and should come into effect immediately. Juul, one of the best known manufacturers, has grown into a huge business by selling mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine products.

"Finally, the FDA is doing its job", Durbin said in a statement Wednesday.

As of Friday, there have been more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes reported to the CDC across 33 states and the US Virgin Islands.

The agency guidance announced Wednesday instead would require vape devices to come off the market soon and await FDA clearance.

Several former White House officials, including communications aide Josh Raffel, and Johnny DeStefano, who served as counselor to Trump, have gone on to work for Juul.

Juul Labs, which has the biggest share of the USA market for e-cigarettes, is one of the country's most richly valued closely held startups. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine.

The FDA would allow tobacco flavored e-cigarettes to remain available for adults trying to wean themselves off other tobacco products.

However, there is scant research on the long-term effects of vaping.

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