Friday, 20 September, 2019

White House Bans Flavored E-Cigs Amidst Vaping Deaths

Considering Ban On Flavored Vaping Products, Says Donald Trump The Trump administration plans to ban flavored e-cigs to curb teen vaping
Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2019, 17:42

"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it", Trump said.

"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. And while millions of adults have switched from cigarettes, vaping has also drawn in a new generation of nicotine addicts.

In Alabama, Wilson High School administrators have removed the doors from toilet stalls to prevent students from vaping while in the restroom, the local K-OLD 13 reported on Monday. They have been available in the United States for more than 10 years. Secretary Azar says the FDA will soon issue a regulatory notice for the removal of most flavored vaping products from the market.

Azar said he was directing the FDA to develop a plan that will ban those child-friendly flavors such as bubble gum, mango and mint.

Dan Marchant, UK Vaping Industry Association board member, said: 'It is a shame that the US President has been poorly advised on the facts.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb originally viewed e-cigarettes as a possible way to help adult smokers quit and sought in 2017 to ease regulation on them, pushing back to 2021 the date vape manufacturers would have to apply for agency approval to stay on the market. The appeal of such flavorings to kids is why the FDA prohibited the makers of traditional cigarettes from using flavors other than menthol in 2009. The rule imposed retroactive premarket reviews, requiring manufacturers of affected products to receive FDA approval of products that entered the market after February 15, 2007, to continue selling them. Products with an application submitted by that deadline can remain on the market for up to one year from the date of the application's submission while FDA reviews the application.

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Juul one of the USA market leaders in vaping products offers mint, mango and other fruity flavors that account for more than 80% of its total sales.

Another vaping-related death in the US has prompted health officials on this side of the border to demand urgent action.

"And unfortunately it's taken this crisis to finally prompt this action", he said.

Last week, Los Angeles County health officials reported a death stemming from vaping-linked lung illnesses, the fifth of its type around the country in recent weeks. To be safe, public health officials are cautioning people against vaping anything until they know for sure.

While this investigation is underway, health authorities have cautioned against using e-cigarette products.

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.