Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes

By | September 13, 2019
FILE - man vaping, vape, Juul, e-cigarette

“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a statement. “We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

Preliminary numbers from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show youth e-cigarette use continues to rise, according to the health department, especially the use of non-tobacco flavors. More than a quarter of high school students used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days, and the overwhelming majority say they use fruit, menthol or mint flavors, according to the survey.

The FDA will announce news compliance policy rules soon that detail enforcement procedures for violations of the new order.

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