Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarette products

Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarette products

The best selling product offered by Juul Labs, which holds a commanding market share in the rising e-cigarette industry, is their mint flavored pods, which presumably would be banned under Trump's proposal to take non-tobacco flavored options off shelves.

"Once the FDA would finalize this guidance, we would begin enforcement actions to remove all such products from the marketplace", Azar told reporters during a meeting with the president and first lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office.

"It's very new and potentially very bad".

"We are going to have to do something about it", President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office, adding that first lady Melania Trump also has been involved in the issue. Tobacco flavored versions will remain on the market.

Juul voluntarily pulled many of its flavors, with the exception of mint and menthol, out of stores already in response to the youth vaping epidemic.

E-cigarettes have been available in the U.S. since 2006 and were widely considered a safer alternative to traditional smoking, even though experts had warned even before the current outbreak that it may take decades to learn about vaping´s long-term effects.

E-Cigarette vaporizer components are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco also placed a ban on e-cigarettes, becoming the first city to do so while MI recently became the first state to prohibit the sales of the majority of vaping products.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Tobacco Merchants Association (GTMA) and Gujarat Tobacco Growers & Merchants Association (GTGMA) have appealed the government to not ban e-cigarettes or other similar products, arguing it will serve no goal other than hurting the tobacco industry. "An entire generation of children risk becoming addicted to nicotine because of the attractiveness ... and availability of these vaping products".

And Trump said the e-cig companies can afford to contend with new roadblocks to the youth market.

'It's very risky. Children have died. and we're going to have some very strong rules and regulations, ' he added later.

'A lot of people think vaping is wonderful, it's great, ' Trump said. "It's really not a wonderful thing". "It's got big problems we've got to find out the extent of the problem".

Earlier this week, vape giant Juul came under fire from the FDA over its marketing practices.

Ted Kwong, a spokesman for United States market leader Juul Labs Inc, said the company's products "do not include THC, any compound derived from cannabis, or vitamin E compounds like those found in THC products".

As such, HHS says that the electronic vaping systems now for sale on the market are not being legally marketed at this time and therefore may be subjected to government action.

The alarming rise in teen vaping has been linked to other flavors, such as fruit and menthol.

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