Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

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. But with recent reports on lung illness from chemicals used in vaping, officials have chose to remove the fuming sticks.

It comes amid an outbreak of vaping-linked severe pulmonary disease that has killed six people and sickened hundreds.

"Health Canada does have capacity and ability to declare a public health emergency and on that basis to take action quickly and that's something that should be considered at the present time".

Lately, researchers have been discovering that it's not only those who use vaping products themselves who are harmed - other people in the vicinity can be breathing in "secondhand" fumes, a phenomenon now dubbed "secondhand vaping".

Vaping's link to youth use and the lung illnesses has led to a growing call among lawmakers to crack down on the devices.

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, although many cases involve marijuana vaping devices. The agency began policing cigarettes then, but it didn't add e-cigarettes to its portfolio until 2016.

Azar said the FDA would issue guidance in coming weeks meant to clamp down on the sale of nearly all flavored vaping products.

"It has taken far too long to stop Juul and other e-cigarettes companies from targeting our nation's kids with sweet-flavored, nicotine-loaded products", said Matthew Myers, of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar specifically notes flavored e-cigarettes as a problematic gateway for young people into nicotine addiction.

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.

Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

The president and top United States officials expressed concern that flavored vaping products ranging from mint to mango were drawing millions of youth into nicotine addiction.

Tobacco giant, Altria Group, Inc. MO has purchased a 35% stake for $12.5 million in Juul Labs. But Trump's threat has pushed its stock down by 1%.

"More children have died in ICE custody [than] from vaping. just saying", tweeted former Florida Republican Party chairman Al Cardenas.

The administration proposal would only affect nicotine vaping products, which are subject to FDA rules.

Similarly, Turning Point Brands TPB that owns rolling-paper maker Zig Zag and holds a few vaping companies in its portfolio, saw its shares decline 6.5% on Sep 11.

Trump said the administration would remove certain flavors of vaping e-cigarettes to make them less attractive to children.

Is Traditional Tobacco Still the victor? Vaping has become popular, as many considered it healthier than smoking.

Most experts agree the aerosol from e-cigarettes is less harmful than cigarette smoke since it doesn't contain most of the cancer-causing byproducts of burning 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. XXII rose 2.5%, 3.7% and 4.7%, respectively, on Sep 11.


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