Trump Administration Announces Plans to Ban Flavored E-cigarettes

Considering Ban On Flavored Vaping Products, Says Donald Trump

Considering Ban On Flavored Vaping Products, Says Donald Trump

American President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes. But "at that point all flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavor would have to be removed from the market".

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May confirmed the death of a 10-year-old Guatemalan girl, bringing the number of known migrant children deaths to six within eight months.

"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it", Trump, flanked by Azar and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Ned Sharpless, told reporters in the White House Oval Office. The FDA sent Juul a warning letter Monday that said the agency had determined that the company has marketed its products as less risky than cigarettes without gaining the agency's approval. Regulators have said some users reported inhaling vapor of THC or CBD, another compound found in pot.

"We want to have parents understand that we're studying it very carefully", Trump said.

Mr Trump's first public comments on vaping come as health authorities investigate hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping. The FDA's upcoming policy, which is expected to be announced in "coming weeks, ' will establish the 'enforcement policy" related to the sale of the flavored vaping products that lack premarket authorization. The U.S. health agency has been moving deliberately in regulating the industry, but the stunning increase in vaping by school-age children has increased public pressure for regulators to step in. At that time, flavored-product manufacturers would also have the opportunity to file, but their products would be off the market until approved.

Considering Ban On Flavored Vaping Products, Says Donald Trump

Meanwhile, the FDA is finalizing instructions to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes within 30 days.

Severe lung disease in the U.S. that has claimed at least 6 lives, amid outbreak of vaping products. The appeal of such flavorings to kids is why the FDA prohibited the makers of traditional cigarettes from using flavors other than menthol in 2009. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market.

But bans also deprive adults addicted to smoking of a valuable tool to quit, the industry says.

Juul and others have argued that their products are meant to help adult smokers wean themselves off traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarettes. "We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth", she tweeted earlier this week. But previous year, one study found that 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping in the past month.

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