Trump to meet with vape industry, public health advocates before new rules
Facing pushback from some conservative allies, the president seems to be softening his desire for a crackdown on e-cigs.Trump in September had suggested he wanted to ban flavored vape products, which prompted a backlash from the e-cigarette industry and vapers, including a rally Saturday outside the White House that attracted hundreds.
Today, the FDA officially banned most fruit- and mint-flavored, cartridge-based vaping products. Theare yet another . Companies that manufacture, sell and distribute such products have 30 days to comply.
Themake some important exceptions. First, they permit tobacco- and menthol-flavored goods. They also apply only to cartridge-based products, which the FDA says are easier for teens to acquire and conceal. Tank-based vaping devices, like those sold in vape shops that typically cater to adult smokers, are not restricted by the new rules.
The FDA says it is ready to take action against those who continue to manufacture and sell the unauthorized products. It will "prioritize enforcement" against those who target youth, whether they do so through kid-friendly labeling and advertising or promoting how easy it is to conceal or disguise their product.
California is suing Juul for allegedly targeting minors
California is suing e-cigarette maker Juul. The lawsuit alleges that Juul targeted underage Californians with its marketing and sales practices, failed to warn consumers of their exposure to chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects, failed to properly verify the age of its customers and violated the privacy rights of minors by retaining their email addresses even when they failed age verification. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the County of Los Angeles announced the lawsuit today.Becerra said the lawsuit comes after a 21-month investigation into Juul and its marketing and sales practices.
"The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes," said Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar. The ban on fruit- and mint-flavored vape products is an attempt to ensure vaping products "don't provide an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for our youth" while also maintaining e-cigs as a potential off-ramp for adults using traditional tobacco products, Azar added.
The new rules come just weeks after Congress said it will. The law is expected to go into effect sometime this year and will cover all tobacco products. According to the , more than five million US middle and high school students are current e-cigarette users, with the majority reporting that they use cartridge-based products. Other federal data says youth users are .
In addition to the concern that vaping has led to an increase in youth tobacco use, vaping has also been associated within the US, and the CDC has confirmed 54 related deaths.
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U.S. Army paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division depart for the Middle East from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.