Trump administration will push for ban on flavors used in e-cigarettes

Trump administration will push for ban on flavors used in e-cigarettes

Anti-tobacco groups praised the announcement but said action must be "immediate".

Azar said they want to keep tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes on the market for adults who may be using them to quit smoking.

Just this week, MI became the first state to prohibit the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.

At least five people have died in the U.S. recently after vaping in an outbreak that has sickened hundreds with severe pulmonary disease and left several teenagers in induced comas. After the proposal is developed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said all flavored e-cigarettes would be removed from the market, a move that could come in the next several months.

So stock up on those Mint JUUL pods now, or be forever cursed with flavorless fat clouds.


However, vaping companies say their products help adults ween themselves off of traditional tobacco products.

Yahoo Finance reached out to Juul for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

Azar said flavored products could apply for FDA permission to reenter the market. Seems like we're headed for another hard lesson on what happens when you try to prohibit a pleasurable product, except in this case public health arguably benefits on balance from that product's availability.

MI became the first state to ban most flavored e-cigarettes last week and San Francisco was the first major USA city to do so in June, NBC said. The US Federal Government says it's time to take action to avoid more deaths. The guidelines will take several weeks to be developed and will be subject to public input before going into affect.

The ban would include mint and menthol flavouring as well as bubble gum, candy, fruit, alcohol and other flavours, he said.


The move comes as the FDA has been under intense pressure from Congress to do something about e-cigarette flavors, whose appeal to young people has led to a severe increase in underage use in recent years.

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, of Utah., earlier Wednesday suggested the FDA recall all e-cigarettes from the market.

On Monday, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on the FDA to "clear the shelves of kid-marketed flavor pods", adding that "VAPING TARGETS KIDS". While former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb threatened a flavor ban nearly exactly a year ago, the FDA stopped short of that.

"Unfortunately the entire category of e-cigs was put at risk largely as a result of the youth abuse of mostly one manufacturer's products, " Gottlieb said. And this month MI moved to become the first state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. But other proposed flavor bans have stalled in state legislatures this year.

E-Cigarette vaporizer components are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. While you could argue its better on the pockets, more reports are beginning to show that vaping is equally harmful to the body as smoking tobacco.


The news was a major blow to the burgeoning vaping industry, worth $10.2 billion globally in 2018, according to Grand View Research.

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