E-Cigarettes, Donald Trump, Vaping, Underage Vaping

E-Cigarettes, Donald Trump

U.S. government plans to ban flavours used in e-cigarettes

12.9.2019

U.S. government plans to ban flavours used in e-cigarettes

A man smoking an e-cigarette is seen in this file image. ( 6okean / Istock.com) Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:49PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, September 11, 2019 5:13PM EDT WASHINGTON -- The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavours used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could remake the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which has been driven by sales of flavoured nicotine formulas such as "grape slushie" and "strawberry cotton candy." The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with the president, first lady Melania Trump and the acting FDA commissioner, Ned Sharpless. Trump, whose son Barron is 13 years old, said vaping has become such a problem that he wants parents to be aware of what's happening. "We can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected," he said. Melania Trump recently tweeted her concerns over the combination of children and vaping, and at the meeting, the president said, "I mean, she's got a son -- together -- that is a beautiful, young man, and she feels very, very strongly about it." 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. No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, though many cases involve marijuana vaping. The restrictions announced by Trump officials would only apply to nicotine vaping products, which are regulated by the FDA. The FDA has had the authority to ban vaping flavours since 2016, but has previously resisted calls to take that step. Agency officials instead said they were studying if flavours could help smokers quit traditional cigarettes. But parents, teachers and health advocates have increasingly called for a crackdown on flavours , arguing that they are overwhelmingly to blame for a recent surge in underage vaping by U.S. teens, particularly with small, discrete devices such as Juul's. Anti-tobacco groups praised the announcement but said action must be "immediate." "It has taken far too long to stop Juul and other e-cigarettes companies from targeting our nation's kids with sweet-flavoured, nicotine-loaded products," said Matthew Myers, of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a statement. Federal law prohibits e-cigarette and all other tobacco sales to those under 18. But federal health officials said Wednesday that preliminary data shows 1 in 4 high school students reported vaping this year, compared with 1 in 5 students in 2018. Federal health officials have called the trend an "epidemic," and they fear teenagers who vape will eventually start smoking. More than 80 per cent of underage teens who use e-cigarettes say they picked their product because it "comes in flavours that I like," according to government surveys. A ban on flavours would be a huge blow to companies like San Francisco-based Juul, which sells mint, fruit and dessert flavoured-nicotine pods. Juul and other manufacturers argue that their products are intended to help adult smokers wean themselves off traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarettes. But there is little evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for helping smokers quit. Representatives for Juul did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. The Vapor Technology Association said in a statement the flavour ban would force smokers "to choose between smoking again ... or finding what they want and need on the black market." The group represents vaping manufacturers, retailers and distributors. Some health experts have seen vaping as offering an "off ramp" for smokers, but the proposed ban casts enormous uncertainty over those hopes. That's the official policy in some countries, including the United Kingdom, although the U.S. has been much more wary of endorsing e-cigarettes as an alternative. A 2009 law banned all flavours from traditional cigarettes except menthol. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market. "We simply have to remove these attractive flavoured products from the marketplace until they can secure FDA approval, if they can," Azar said. Azar said flavoured products could apply for FDA permission to reenter the market. But under agency standards, only products that represent a net benefit to the public health can win FDA clearance. Azar said the administration would allow tobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes to remain available as an option for adult smokers. But he said that if children begin using those products, "we will take enforcement action there also." It will take several weeks to develop the flavour restrictions. Significantly, the Trump plan is expected to bar menthol and mint vaping flavours. FDA officials have previously exempted those products from any sales restrictions because they were thought to be useful to adult smokers. Anti-vaping advocates criticized that decision, pointing to survey data showing roughly half of teens who vape use mint and menthol. "Finally, the FDA is doing its job," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who has prodded the agency for months to take action on flavours. Scott Gottlieb, who stepped down as FDA commissioner in April, said in a tweet that Juul bore particular responsibility for forcing the administration's hand. "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. Several former White House officials, including communications aide Josh Raffel, and Johnny DeStefano, who served as counsellor to Trump, have gone on to work for Juul. A few local governments, including San Francisco, have passed bans on flavoured tobacco. And this month Michigan moved to become the first state to ban flavoured electronic cigarettes. But other proposed flavour bans have stalled in state legislatures this year. E-cigarettes have been on the U.S. market for more than a decade. FDA officials have repeatedly delayed enforcing regulations on them, responding to industry complaints that it would wipe out thousands of small vaping companies. 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. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping. ------ Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. Related Stories Read more: CTV News

But no talk of banning guns despite thousands of gun related deaths! The grand open ended experiment is yielding results !! E-cigarettes are bad for your health !! More dangerous that the real thing !! Oil in your lungs is bad news !! Ban e-cigarettes but not guns. people smoke Vitamin E fused THC clearly we gotta get this cotton candy flavor out of here get kids back to what they did before... smoking cigs.

Definitely NO advertising Right but let’s not ban cigarettes for example 🙄 Should ban vaping for minors

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