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TechnologyTrump wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes as concern grows about vaping

21:36  11 september  2019
21:36  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Michigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes The ban, which comes at the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, would last six months.

President Donald Trump stepped up the US government's action against e-cigarette manufacturers Wednesday. Health concerns over vaping have increased in recent months amid an outbreak of serious lung illnesses that may be related to using e-cigarettes.

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President Trump wants to take action against vaping products.

This comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Juul Labs over the company's marketing practices that included telling students that e-cigs were "totally safe."

Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the state will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb youth vaping, which the US surgeon general calls an "epidemic." While cities such as San Francisco have recently put similar restrictions in place, Michigan is the first state to declare a ban. The ban will go into effect as soon as the rules are fully determined, which will likely happen within the next 30 days. This stopgap measure will last for six months and can be renewed for another six months while legislators define and pass a permanent solutions.

The President's administration will look to ban all non-tobacco flavored vaping products according to a report from CBS News Wednesday. Bloomberg reported President Trump called vaping a "problem."

"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it," the president said Wednesday in the White House.

The FDA sent a letter to e-cigarette manufacturer Juul on Monday after it found the company was marketing its products as safe than tobacco without authorization from the agency. The Federal Trade Commission also is looking into Juul's marketing.

In August, the Center for Disease Control opened a probe on vaping in August after more than 150 people were hospitalized with lung issues.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Juul stops selling its fruit-flavored vape products .
Today, Juul announced that it's suspending the sale of its fruit-flavored vape products in the US. It will no longer sell its mango, creme, fruit and cucumber varieties. The decision comes as the Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigs in an attempt to curb teen vaping and as the CDC continues to search for the cause of a vaping-related lung illness. Juul stopped selling those flavors in retail stores last year. Since then, they've only been available online. The company will continue to sell its mint and menthol nicotine pods even though those could also be subject to the Trump administration ban.

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