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Trump Administration Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

13 September 2019

This week, a 6th person died and almost 500 people have serious respiratory illnesses across 42 States, prompting the U.S. President to consider banning flavored e-cigarettes.

The surprise White House announcement could shake up the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which has been driven by sales of flavoured nicotine formulas.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, people believed that vaping acted as a healthy alternative to smoking.

On Wednesday, Trump and the first lady announced the administration's plan to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes to help prevent teen vaping.

The exact cause of the deaths and illnesses have not been determined, but most are initially believed to be related to vaping counterfeit marijuana products containing vitamin E oil, which is unsafe if inhaled. The FDA's upcoming policy, which is expected to be announced in "coming weeks, ' will establish the 'enforcement policy" related to the sale of the flavored vaping products that lack premarket authorization.

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But 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 U.S. teens, particularly with small, discrete devices. "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. More than 450 people have been hospitalized with serious respiratory distress and six people have died, including a 55-year-old man in Los Angeles County.

The CDC has said anyone who uses a vape device should consider stopping while public-health officials investigate the cause of the condition.

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

The Food and Drug Administration is now finalizing the plan, which will clear the shelves of all nontobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market within 30 days. The vast majority of underage teens consumed fruit, menthol or mint flavors.

"Finally, the FDA is doing its job", Durbin said in a statement Wednesday.

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Severe lung disease in the U.S. that has claimed at least 6 lives, amid outbreak of vaping products. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb seemed concerned about young vapers but not enough to ban flavors.

The state of MI followed suit, recently halting the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in retail stores and online.

Michael R. 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. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping.

Five million children are using e-cigarette products, Azar said, calling it an "alarming" trend.

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Trump Administration Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes