Donald Trump plans ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 13, 2019

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.

President Trump on Thursday said that he and first lady Melania have warned their teen son about the dangers of vaping. "And we can't have our youth be so affected".

As such, HHS says that the electronic vaping systems now for sale on the market are not being legally marketed at this time and therefore may be subjected to government action. More often than not, when smokers quit, they invest in a vape to help ease them off of cigarettes.

The president and top USA officials expressed concern that flavored vaping products ranging from mint to mango were drawing millions of youth into nicotine addiction. He was moving instead to limit the sales of e-cigarettes at convenience stores and other retail outlets to make them harder for teens to get. 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. To be safe, public health officials are cautioning people against vaping anything until they know for sure.

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to finalize a policy in the coming weeks that will enable it to remove many nontobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

"While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products", said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, incident manager of the CDC's response to the vaping-related lung injuries. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb seemed concerned about young vapers but not enough to ban flavors.

"Finally, the FDA is doing its job", said Sen.

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"Unfortunately the entire category of e-cigs was put at risk largely as a result of the youth abuse of mostly one manufacturer's products", Gottlieb said.

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 and sway the White House, Congress and the FDA.

A few local governments, including San Francisco, have passed bans on flavored tobacco.

According to the HHS, the Food and Drug Administration is now drafting a policy that will target electronic cigarettes that are not tobacco-flavored and that lack premarket authorization.

It comes amid growing concern over how more than 450 people who reported recent use of e-cigarettes have fallen ill, with initial symptoms including breathing difficulty and chest pain before some were hospitalized and placed on ventilators. But FDA officials have repeatedly delayed enforcing regulations on them, referencing industry fears that regulation could wipe out thousands of small companies.

While e-cigarettes do not contain the estimated 7,000 chemical constituents present in traditional cigarettes, a number of substances have been identified as potentially harmful and the vapor could contain traces of metal, according to a 2018 study prepared for Congress.

During 2015-2017, almost 2,035 e-cigarettes have exploded or caused burns in the United States alone. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping.

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