Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarette products across the US

Rep. Jackie Toledo R-Tampa

The president and Azar were joined by First Lady Melania Trump and the Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless. On Sep 9, the FDA issued a warning letter to Juul stating that it has broken law by promoting its vaping products as less harmful than traditional tobacco products.

Nationally, teen vaping went up 78% between 2017 and 2018; a quarter of those users vape most days of the month. Nicotine is a natural chemical found in tobacco plants.

The proposed ban on flavors is expected to take several weeks to implement.

Parents, teachers and health advocates have increasingly called for a crackdown on flavours, arguing that they are overwhelmingly to blame for the explosion in underage vaping by United States teens, particularly with small, discreet devices.

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, though many cases involve marijuana vaping.

With vaping surging around the globe, World Health Organization has warned that the long-term effects of vaping remain unclear, that products containing nicotine are addictive, and that certain flavours can cause inflammation in the user's airways.

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

San Francisco's ban on vaping products specifically calls for the products to undergo FDA approval.

There's no evidence at the moment that the addition of bubble gum, cotton candy and other tasty flavorings to the e-cigarette liquid is responsible for this deadly lung disease that has cropped up in 33 states. This crisis can't be solved by the government or health officials.

The FDA regulates all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. At that time, flavored-product manufacturers would also have the opportunity to file, but their products would be off the market until approved.

"In light of this guidance, and as investigations continue into reported illnesses and deaths, I urge the agencies to strongly consider whether these devices meet the recall classification standards of unsafe products that predictably cause serious or temporary health problems", Romney wrote, adding federal health agencies should "consider additional actions to strengthen public education efforts, review tobacco product standards, and evaluate possible modifications to e-cigarette devices".

"If we can get students to become more aware of this I think they can be our strongest ally in this", Gotcher said. 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.

Some may argue the ban denies adults their choice of vaping flavor.

Flavored vape juice, like fruit, menthol and mint are the most popular among teens. The move was made in an attempt to deter under-aged people from buying and smoking electronic cigarettes as it may be detrimental to their health.

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