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Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21

10 November 2019

However, Friday's comments suggest the administration may be backing off those plans because of intense pressure from vaping advocates who say flavors help adults stop smoking cigarettes and that removing flavors would force vape shops around the country to close.

Now the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product under federal law is 18. "That is why we must reset the vapor category in the USA and earn the trust of society by working cooperatively with regulators, Attorneys General, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use". HHS said the policy would effectively mean that only FDA-approved flavored e-cigarette products would be allowed on the market. Those products are blamed for soaring rates of underage use by USA teenagers.

Trump said vaping became a big industry and the administration is considering flavors, age of use and industry jobs. "But we're very close to a final report, and we will be giving it next week", he said. But there is little research on their long-term health effects.

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Juul Labs just announced it would no longer sell its highly popular mint-flavored pods. Underage vaping has reached what health officials call epidemic levels.

Because the students surveyed were asked questions in spring of 2019, the study showed how students used e-cigarettes before Juul's ban, meaning that the fruity flavors dropped by Juul this October weren't exactly teenage vapers' go-to flavors.

The company in October suspended sales of its other sweet flavors, such as mango, creme, fruit, and cucumber. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, almost 1 million adolescencents used e-cigarette products daily, with a majority favoring ones made by Juul.

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Vaping is increasingly popular among youth, with a government survey this week finding that more than five million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, an all-time high. With mint dropped from its offerings, Juul now only offers tobacco and menthol flavors.

There is also pending legislation in Congress, where the issue has rare bipartisan support.

The logic for hiking the purchase age for cigarettes and other products is clear: most underage teens who use e-cigarettes or tobacco get it from older friends.

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Delaying access to cigarettes is also expected to produce major downstream health benefits, with one government-funded report estimating almost 250,000 fewer deaths due to tobacco over several decades.

Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21