Trump says considering ban on flavored vaping products

Grant Boone
September 12, 2019

Sharpless said if the flavored e-cigarette ban pushes young people towards consuming tobacco-flavored vaping products, the administration will take additional steps.

Many people don't know what is contained in these vaping devices, what the reported health effects actually mean, and, most importantly, why all of this developed so quickly, considering that e-cigarettes have only been popular for fewer than 10 years.

"We can't have our youth be so affected", he added.

"People are dying from vaping and we're looking at it very closely", said Trump, expressing concern about the products' appeal to children.

Billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a $160 million campaign to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the United States following a spike in vaping deaths.

More than 80 percent of underage teens who use e-cigarettes say they picked their product because it "comes in flavors that I like", according to government surveys.

New York's health department found very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes.

The Trump administration announced plans on Wednesday to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves in a crackdown on vaping after a handful of deaths and potentially hundreds of lung illnesses were tied to the practice. "A lot of people think vaping is wonderful", Trump said.

The move follows an earlier advisory by the Health Ministry against Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and other such devices.

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The move is the most sweeping action yet by the USA government to crack down on e-cigarette usage.

The FDA is in charge of regulating e-cigarettes, which have recently gained in popularity.

E-cigs' defenders say vaping is a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, which contain various toxins, and are a great way for traditional smokers to kick the habit. The new policy would allow the FDA to remove flavored products from the market.

Regardless of the cause, e-cigarettes broadly have taken the blame due to their appeal to youth and the fact that some can be modified to use substances other than liquid nicotine, such as marijuana.

It is not now known what is behind the spate of illnesses, though many of those affected reported vaping THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, either alone or in combination with tobacco or other vaping products.

Wednesday's announcement came despite months of aggressive lobbying by Juul, which spent $1.9 million in the first half of the year to try to sway the White House, Congress and the FDA.

"It's been clear for years that an epidemic of youth e-cigarette addiction was building", he said.

Billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, who on Tuesday announced a US$160 million campaign to ban vaping, said the flavour ban was overdue and should come into effect immediately.

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