Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
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Donald Trump: We Told Our Son Barron 'Don't Vape'

Donald Trump: We Told Our Son Barron 'Don't Vape'

Today (Sept. 11), the Trump Administration announced that it plans to finalize a policy that would remove non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, such as mint and menthol flavors, from the USA market.

The surprise White House announcement could remake the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which has been driven by sales of flavored nicotine formulas such as "grape slushie" and "strawberry cotton candy".

"When my children were growing up, even when they didn't know what drinking was, I'd say 'no alcohol, no cigarettes, no drugs, '" Trump recalled during a CNN town hall during the 2016 campaign.

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. Federal authorities however have yet to identify a single substance common to all cases.

Mr Trump said his wife Melania, the first lady, had been involved in discussions about vaping because "she's got a son, she feels very strongly about it". Don't vape.' We don't like vaping.

The FDA has become increasingly assertive against the sector over misleading advertising and on Monday accused market-leading e-cigarette maker JUUL of breaking the law, warning it to cease presenting itself as less harmful than smoking.

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

The agency said in a release that non-tobacco flavors were being targeted for their youth appeal, with preliminary data for 2019 showing that more than a quarter of high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.

Azar said the FDA would create guidelines over the next couple of weeks to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Juul, one of the best known manufacturers, has grown into a huge business by selling mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine products.

Lately, researchers have been discovering that it's not only those who use vaping products themselves who are harmed - other people in the vicinity can be breathing in "secondhand" fumes, a phenomenon now dubbed "secondhand vaping".

"We will fully comply with the final FDA policy when effective", he stated.

But bans also deprive adults addicted to smoking of a valuable tool to quit, the industry says. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who has prodded the agency for months to take action on flavors. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine.

"To deprive those smokers from access to e-cigarettes, which we know are substantially less harmful, I think is a awful decision", Neil McKeganey, of the UK-based Center for Substance Use Research - which is partly funded by the industry - told AFP.

During 2015-2017, almost 2,035 e-cigarettes have exploded or caused burns in the United States alone.

Most health experts agree that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco products that contain thousands of chemicals and lead to the death of almost a half-million people a year in the United States.

However, there is scant research on the long-term effects of vaping.

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