Trump plans ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

Trump plans ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

2019-09-11 11:43:00 PM

Trump plans ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump calls the use of vaping products an urgent public-health concern in the US

Cigarette alternatives, including vaping pens, have become a big business. Juul Labs, which has the biggest share of the US market for e-cigarettes, is one of the country’s most richly valued closely held startups. Marlboro maker Altria Group 2018 invested about $13bn in Juul at a valuation of approximately $35bn. Altria shares fell as much as 1.7% in New York trading on Wednesday.

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“We agree that urgent action is needed and we look forward to reviewing the guidance,” Steven Callahan, a spokesman for Altria, said. “Reducing youth use of (e-cigarettes) products is a top priority for Altria.”Juul voluntarily pulled many of its flavours, with the exception of mint and menthol, out of stores already in response to the youth vaping epidemic. Juul did not respond to a request for comment.

Juul’s marketing tactics have drawn growing scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers. The FDA sent Juul a warning letter on 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. A Juul representative said then that the company was reviewing the letter and would cooperate with the agency.

US doctors have seen hundreds of cases where patients — often youthful, previously healthy adults — have shown up in the emergency room, suddenly stricken with dangerous respiratory damage. More than 450 cases of the respiratory condition were reported as of September 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The severity of the cases vary.

The links between that disease and vaping nicotine have not been firmly established. Some health officials have connected the ailment to inhaling vapour tinted with THC, the chemical that creates the high from smoking marijuana. Regulators have said some users reported inhaling vapour of THC or CBD, another compound found in pot.

Vaping’s link to youth use and the lung illnesses has led to a growing call among lawmakers to crack down on the devices. Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, tweeted on Tuesday that the FDA “should consider recalling e-cigarettes”.Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, also told FDA’s Sharpless last week to better regulate e-cigarettes within 10 days or the lawmaker would call for his resignation.

“Finally, the FDA is doing its job,” Durbin said in a statement on Wednesday.Still, some observers worried that the shift could harm the health of people trying to quit tobacco. Daren Bakst, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said the move will make it harder to adults to stop smoking regular cigarettes by restricting the alternatives.

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“The last thing you want to do is make it more difficult for smokers to quit smoking, and flavours do play a role for adults to quit smoking,” Bakst said in an interview. “The more options you have, the better for them to quit.”Sickness’s sourceCongress gave the FDA the authority to oversee tobacco in 2009. The agency began policing cigarettes then, but it did not add e-cigarettes to its portfolio until 2016. According to a statement from the health department, the FDA plans to make more details of the plan and its implementation public soon.

The CDC has said anyone who uses a vape device should consider stopping while public-health officials investigate the cause of the condition. The public-health agency said on Friday that the lung-injury cases were appearing most often in people who used vaping products containing THC.

Get our news and views in your inboxState health officials in New York have pointed to vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit. While thought to be harmless when used as a nutritional supplement, it could carry risks when inhaled and has been found in some products, said New York health officials.

• Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, has campaigned and given money in support of a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco.With assistance from Tiffany Kary. Read more: Business Day »

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