Trump Administration Set To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Following growing health concerns regarding vaping, the Trump Administration has prepared a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
CNBC reports that federal health officials have called for restrictions of vape and e-cigarette products. The call for restrictions comes following a sudden outbreak of a lung disease that has sickened hundreds and killed six people. In response, the Trump administration is readying a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
According to CNBC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finishing a guide to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market within a 30-day time span. Tobacco flavored products will be kept on the market for adults who may be using them to quit smoking cigarettes. It could be possible for companies to reintroduce their flavored products back into the market at a later date, but they must submit a formal application and be granted approval from the FDA.
Vaping has seen a spike in underage usage, which is attributed to companies like Juul for having flavors like mango and creme, according to CNBC. The Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, said that the Trump Administration wants to reverse the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.
In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, Septemeber 9, 2019, that he plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes as well. There have been 41 confirmed cases of illnesses caused by vaping in New York State.