United States moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid spike in youth vaping

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 13, 2019

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 US market.

"Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children", Trump told reporters at the White House after a meeting with advisers including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless.

When vaping first gained popularity, it was marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. "And we can't have our youth be so affected".

We must act swiftly against flavored e-cigarette products that are especially attractive to children. No single vaping device, ingredient or additive has been identified as the cause.

Cardenas's tweets illustrated the Trump administration's seeming greater concern with vaping, the safety of which has yet to be thoroughly reviewed, than with its treatment of migrant children and families. The FDA's upcoming policy, which is expected to be announced in "coming weeks, ' will establish the 'enforcement policy" related to the sale of the flavored vaping products that lack premarket authorization.

"The last thing you want to do is make it more hard for smokers to quit smoking, and flavors do play a role for adults to quit smoking", Bakst said in an interview.

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.

Several teens across the country have been placed in medically-induced comas, including one whose doctors said he may require a lung transplant if he recovers.

Health officials have called the trend an "epidemic", and they fear teenagers who vape will eventually start smoking.

Azar then said that new data from the National Youth Tobacco survey shows "a continued surging" in e-cigarette use among teens and that young users are specifically drawn to the many flavors now on the market, like mint and candy.

Azar said the administration would let tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes remain available for adults. The vast majority of underage teens consumed fruit, menthol or mint flavors.

"Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products". "We will fully comply with the final FDA policy when effective". States like California, Massachusetts and NY are planning to ban e-cigarettes, while MI and San Francisco have already barred sale of vaping products.

E-cigarettes have been on the USA market for more than a decade. But FDA officials have repeatedly delayed enforcing regulations on them, referencing industry fears that regulation could wipe out thousands of small companies.

E-cigarette manufacturers, including the popular brand Juul, will have to submit formal applications for approval to once again sell their flavors. There is still little research on the long-term effects of vaping.

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