Trump plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes across the US

Trump plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes across the US

Mitt Romney of Utah to push for a recall of e-cigarettes, he said in a letter addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday. That's according to data from Washington's Healthy Youth Survey, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Azar said the FDA would issue guidance in coming weeks meant to clamp down on the sale of nearly all flavored vaping products.

A 2018 YouGov survey of more than 2,000 children showed that 11.7 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds had tried e-cigarettes, nearly double the 6.5 per cent in 2014. Nicotine is a natural chemical found in tobacco plants.

He added: "People say vaping is wonderful".

"It'll take several weeks for us to put out the final guidance that will announce all the parameters around the enforcement policy".

But parents, teachers and health advocates have increasingly called for a crackdown on flavours, arguing that they are overwhelmingly to blame for the explosion in underage vaping by United States teens, particularly with small, discrete devices. Federal authorities however have yet to identify a single substance common to all cases.

"But if you smoke, there is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping". The Surgeon General reported past year that e-cigarette use among young people qualifies as an epidemic.

The Vapor Technology Association said in a statement the flavor ban would force smokers "to choose between smoking again. or finding what they want and need on the black market". At that time, flavored-product manufacturers would also have the opportunity to file, but their products would be off the market until approved. "We can't allow our youth to be so effected", said President Trump.

Trump's proposed plan would take all flavored e-cigarettes off the market in hopes of reducing death and contraction of lung disease.

Azar suggested that the ban on flavors could be the first step of many to keep children from vaping.

Flavored vape juice, like fruit, menthol and mint are the most popular among teens. Agency officials instead said they were studying if flavors could help smokers quit traditional cigarettes.

"Any tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe for youth".

This alternative vaping industry has skyrocketed in the last few years and created a huge teenage fan base thanks to sweet and fruity flavors.

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.

The Trump administration says The FDA will develop the guidelines around the e-cigarette products.

George Grow adapted this story for VOA Learning English based on a report by The Associated Press.

"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.

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