Donald Trump plans ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

Donald Trump said vaping was not

The prospective policy suggests accelerating enforcement of FDA rules already in place that demand premarket authorization for non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.

"The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors 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".

When vaping first gained popularity, it was marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. "But we can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected".

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

Paul Billings, national senior vice president of advocacy, at the American Lung Association says his group and others sued the FDA to force regulation of vaping products.

The FDA has had the authority to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but has previously resisted calls to take that step.

"The last thing you want to do is make it more hard for smokers to quit smoking, and flavors do play a role for adults to quit smoking", Bakst said in an interview.

The president and top U.S. officials expressed concern that flavored vaping products ranging from mint to mango were drawing millions of youth into nicotine addiction. "We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth", she tweeted earlier this week. "They're gonna have pressure from the health advocates on one side, and from the industry on the other to do something", she said.

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The announcement comes after parents, health officials and politicians have called for federal action to stem a surge in vaping.

Preliminary federal health data for 2019 shows a quarter of high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.

A ban on flavors would be a huge blow to companies like San Francisco-based Juul, which sells mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine pods. "We will fully comply with the final FDA policy when effective".

Severe lung disease in the USA that has claimed at least 6 lives, amid outbreak of vaping products.

But bans also deprive adults addicted to smoking of a valuable tool to quit, the industry says.

Those with pre-existing lung or breathing conditions are also at a greater risk: if you have asthma or a related condition, the effects of secondhand vaping may be heightened.

"We must act swiftly against flavored e-cigarette products that are especially attractive to children".

Juul Labs, which has the biggest share of the USA market for e-cigarettes, is one of the country's most richly valued closely held startups.

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