Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump to propose ban on flavourings used in e-cigarettes

Trump to propose ban on flavourings used in e-cigarettes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said anyone who uses a vape device should consider stopping while public health officials investigate the cause of the condition.

President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday told reporters that his administration is working to ban all non-tobacco flavored vaping products from the market.

"We can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected", he said, adding that he hopes today's announcement will lead to parents becoming "tougher".

The Trump administration is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of vaping-related lung disease.

US First Lady Melania Trump this week tweeted that she was "deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children".

He also said the agency would take enforcement action if they determined children are being intentionally attracted to e-cigarettes.

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"We simply have to remove these attractive flavored products from the marketplace until they can secure FDA approval, if they can", Azar said. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market.

Juul and other vaping companies argue that their products are meant to help adult smokers wean themselves off traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarettes.

State health officials in NY have pointed to vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit. But previous year, 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping in the past month, according to government survey figures.

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.

"As news emerges from the USA and more research is conducted, we believe it is time to be extremely vigilant in Canada and not repeat past mistakes". FDA officials have repeatedly delayed enforcing regulations on them, responding to industry complaints that it would wipe out thousands of small vaping companies. 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.

Azar said it will be several weeks before his department releases its proposal to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping.

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