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Health & Fit Federal ban on flavored vape products expected soon

00:20  07 november  2019
00:20  07 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Nearly 200 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it.

Nearly 200 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it. It's unclear how many cases are due to marijuana versus nicotine. For pot, vaping seems safer than smoking, but it can still be dangerous.

The federal flavor ban on vape products goes into effect Thursday. The ban on flavored vapes is aimed at the teen vaping epidemic but won't stop all vaping health risks. 5, 2020, 5:29 PM UTC. By Erika Edwards. A nationwide ban on many flavored e-cigarette products goes into effect Thursday, but teenagers will still have access to nicotine vapes , experts say. The ban covers a number of kid-friendly flavorings, such as mint and fruit, though menthol and tobacco flavorings will remain legal.

The FDA said it has issued a ban on most flavored vaping products , with the exception of tobacco and menthol. Under the new rule, companies that do not stop the distribution of fruit and mint flavors within 30 days are at risk of regulatory action by the FDA. "HHS is taking a comprehensive, aggressive approach to enforcing the law passed by Congress, under which no e-cigarettes are currently on the market legally," he said. The FDA is specifically banning cartridge-based nicotine pods like Juul, allowing vape shops to continue selling tank-based flavored nicotine liquids, which require

Federal regulators are expected to announce a ban on electronic cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol within days, although it's unclear if mint flavors will be allowed or reformulated as menthol.

Another possible exemption could be vaping products sold in vape stores rather than convenience stores, which is where the under-aged youth who are the focus of the ban often shop. In March, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb proposed banning flavors other than tobacco in convenience stores, but said more would have to be done if youth vaping rates continued to rise.

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Amid a nationwide vaping crisis, flavored e-cigarettes will soon be ordered off the shelves and won’t be available until manufacturers gain federal approval — which could take a year or longer, the White House said on Wednesday. “This would have the effect . . . of severely curtailing access to flavored e-cigarette products , which we believe drive childhood use The manufacturers of vaping products have come under sharp criticism for allegedly marketing to teens in the kid-friendly flavors they offer and for claiming e-cigs are a safe alternative to smoking. Vape flavors include bubble gum and mint.

The Trump administration is banning flavored vape products that appeal to children. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that manufacturers will have 30 days to stop making and selling cartridge-based vaping devices, including mint-, fruit- and dessert- flavored electronic cigarettes. It also excludes so-called open systems, sometimes known as vape pens, which require a user to manually fill the e-cigarette with liquid. Instead, the new rules focus on vaping products with pre-filled cartridges, which FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn described in a statement announcing the ban as

Juul products are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Juul announced plans to immediately suspend sales of its  fruit flavored e-cigarettes ahead of a policy by the Trump administration that is expected to ban all flavored e-cigarettes.© Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Juul products are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Juul announced plans to immediately suspend sales of its fruit flavored e-cigarettes ahead of a policy by the Trump administration that is expected to ban all flavored e-cigarettes.

Gottlieb declined to comment on White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway's suggestion Wednesday that regulators don't have authority over vape stores. However, he said this week that e-cigarette company Juul could rename its mass produced mint flavor menthol, but noted the company is facing so much scrutiny it might decline to do so.

President Trump announced in September that flavors other than tobacco would be banned, which prompted a torrent of lobbying from pro-vaping groups and users. As the Administration appeared to soften on an outright ban, opponents of vaping also stepped up their vocal opposition to such a move.

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Trump administration plans to ban most flavored e-cigarette cartridges, but not menthol. The policy will not apply to flavored products for open tank systems that are sold in vape shops. "By prioritizing enforcement against the products that are most widely used by children, our action today seeks to strike the right public health balance by maintaining e-cigarettes as a potential off-ramp for adults using combustible tobacco while ensuring these products don't provide an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for our youth.

New York announced a ban of most flavored vaping products on Sept. 17, 2019. The emergency ban exempted menthol- flavored vape products . Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to renew it every 90 days after it was set to take effect in October, but a state appeals court blocked the ban the night Cities and counties in California have launched some of the largest local bans on Juul and other vaping products . More than 55 jurisdictions in the state either have laws limiting the sale of flavored tobacco products including vape fluids or are considering bans , according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free

The action comes amid a nationwide outbreak of more than 1,600 cases of vaping-related lung injuries resulting in at least 34 deaths. Vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, account for the vast majority of cases.

A sign of the imminent ban announcement came Monday, when the Office of Management and Budget said it concluded its review of the rule and canceled upcoming meetings with industry and consumer interests. Conway also said an announcement was coming soon.

On Tuesday, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published findings highlighted in September when Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the planned ban. E-cigarette use among high school students more than doubled from 2017 to 2019 to 27.5%. About 5.3 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes this year, up from 3.6 million in 2018.

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The Trump administration will announce the details of a possible ban on flavored e-cigarette and vaping products next week, President Donald Trump said Friday. Trump said the administration will also look into raising the federal age to legally buy tobacco products , as well as concerns about the impact the action would have on jobs in the vaping industry.

Another state has announced plans to work toward banning the sale of certain e-cigarette products .

Another study, also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found after Juul stopped selling mango and other flavors in November, high school students simply switched to mint.

"These findings underscore why the Trump Administration must stand strong and implement its plan to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes," said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. "If menthol or any other flavors are left on the market, the evidence is clear that kids will move to them and this epidemic will continue."

Gregory Conley, founder of the American Vaping Association, which opposed a flavor ban, said it would have little effect on youth vaping.

"Young people are not using Juul because of the flavors," said Conley.  "They are using it for the strong nicotine hit, so even a ban on menthol would be unlikely to deter risk-seeking youth from continuing to experiment with the products."

Juul and most other companies that sell e-cigarettes with already filled cartridges have menthol flavors, he noted.

"It's just not as good as mint, so not a lot of people use it when mint is available," said Conley.

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The agencies noted cigarette smoking among high school students is at an all-time low, but vaping has reversed the progress made in the overall decline in youth tobacco use. The liquid in e-cigarette cartridges comes from tobacco and is highly addictive.

Conway discussed the matter Wednesday morning telling reporters, "The only thing that's really changed from the first lady's original tweet on Sept. 9 is that the data are much more harrowing and concerning than we would have suspected."

She then made a distinction between vaping and electronic cigarettes. "I think we should all stop using vaping and e-cigarettes interchangeably. They are different."

Conway also appeared to suggest vape shops might be exempted because regulators don't have authority over them.

“So HHS has, and FDA have jurisdiction over cigarettes and e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act. They do not have jurisdiction over vaping and vape shops, for example," she said. "So, if we’re talking about e-cigarettes, the President, yes, he’s been discussing this with his team and he will, or the HHS, will make an announcement soon."

Any possible exemptions could undermine the effectiveness of a flavor ban, said Dr. Josh Sharfstein, former FDA principal deputy commissioner and now a Johns Hopkins University public health professor.

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"The role of flavors for youth is extremely important given this incredible explosion of youth use," said Sharstein, also director of the Bloomberg Initiative on America's Health at Johns Hopkins.

Conway drew a bright line between enforcement and the age of users.

"The demarcation is really kids and adults," said Conway. "And we're very focused on the burgeoning health care crisis among kids."

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