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US Trump pulls back from flavored vaping ban

02:25  18 november  2019
02:25  18 november  2019 Source:

Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says

  Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says Vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to THC-based products, has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in the vaping-related lung injuries that have sickened 2,051 people and killed 39, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. But the agency left open the possibility that other chemicals or toxins could also be causing the severe respiratory ailments. The report is based on finding the vitamin compound in fluid samples taken from the lungs of 29 patients who had the lung disease.

Demonstrators vape during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban , which President Trump has taken a step back on this Officials said the blowback to Trump ’s vow to ban most flavored e-cigarettes had rattled him. In an aggressive social media campaign

Trump administration officials, alarmed by new data showing a huge jump in vaping by young people, said they are moving to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, a In an Oval Office meeting Wednesday that included first lady Melania Trump , Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Food

Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump’s ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators. Officials were poised to announce they would order candy, fruit and mint flavors off the market within 30 days — a step the president had promised almost two months earlier to quell a youth vaping epidemic that had ensnared 5 million teenagers.

One last thing was needed: Trump’s sign-off. But on Nov. 4, the night before a planned morning news conference, the president balked. Briefed on a flight to a Lexington, Ky., campaign rally, he refused to sign the one-page “decision memo,” saying he didn’t want to move forward with a ban he had once backed, primarily at his wife’s and daughter’s urging, because he feared it would lead to job losses, said a Trump adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal deliberations.

CDC says a toxic compound may be responsible for vaping illnesses

  CDC says a toxic compound may be responsible for vaping illnesses The Center for Disease Control is edging closer to an explanation for vaping-related lung illnesses. The agency has determined that vitamin E acetate, a compound present in all 29 lung tissue samples obtained from patients, is a "potential toxin of concern." The chemical is used to dilute liquid in e-cigarettes and vaping products that include THC, and is found in some food as well as cosmetic products like skin cream. It doesn't normally causeThere were other ingredients in the samples, although they didn't appear as consistently. THC surfaced in 23 out of the samples, while nicotine appeared in 16.

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Agency to develop guidelines to remove all flavors except tobacco from the market as authorities investigate breathing illnesses.

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As he had done so many times before, Trump reversed course — this time on a plan to address a major public health problem because of worries that apoplectic vape shop owners and their customers might hurt his reelection prospects, said White House and campaign officials. He also believed job losses tied to the ban would cost him as he sought to trumpet economic growth. It was the latest example of the chaotic way policy is made — and sometimes unmade — in a White House where the ultimate decider often switches gears after making a controversial vow, whether on combating gun violence, pulling troops from Syria or promising to deliver an Obamacare replacement plan.

Trump to meet with vape industry, public health advocates before new rules

  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.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious lung illnesses and teenage vaping continues to rise.

Conversely, gun enthusiasts argued that Trump ’s willingness to ban vape devices would be used as an example by Democrats looking to push tougher gun laws. Trump banning flavored vaping products is of the same ridiculous caliber.

Officials said the blowback to Trump’s vow to ban most flavored e-cigarettes had rattled him. In an aggressive social media campaign — #IVapeIVote — advocates claimed the ban would shut down thousands of shops, eliminating jobs and sending vapers back to cigarettes. The president saw protesters at events and read critical articles. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, privately warned the ban could hurt him in battleground states, said a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Trump was now upset with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who had taken the lead in rolling out the plan, said three officials familiar with the discussions.

“He didn’t know much about the issue and was just doing it for Melania and Ivanka,” said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share the discussions.

Apple bans vaping apps from the App Store

  Apple bans vaping apps from the App Store Vaping apps are no longer allowed in Apple's walled garden. In a statement given to Axios, the company confirmed that its App Store guidelines now ban software that encourages or helps people to vape. Any application that served such a person should no longer be available for download. If you already have a vaping app installed, however, you won't lost access and should be able to download it again on new devices, according to Axios. "Experts"Experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic," an Apple spokesperson said.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will seek to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in an effort to get young people to Supporters of vaping called the proposed ban unfair, saying it would bankrupt businesses, create a black market, and cause some ex-smokers to

The Trump administration is readying a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, HHS Secretary Alex Azar says. President Donald Trump holds a policy meeting on Wednesday to discuss vaping . An outbreak of a vaping -related lung disease has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people.

In recent months, the president’s wife and daughter, who had become increasingly alarmed about youth vaping, were pressing him to take action.

Azar declined to comment on the vaping deliberations.

Whether or when the administration will unveil a new policy to combat underage vaping is now unclear. “President Trump and this administration are committed to responsibly protecting the health of children,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “At this time, we are in an ongoing rulemaking process, and I will not speculate on the final outcome.”

Late last week, more than a dozen White House officials met to try to find a way forward. “Will be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry, together with medical professionals and individual state representatives, to come up with an acceptable solution to the Vaping and E-cigarette dilemma,” Trump tweeted last week. “Children’s health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!”

Given Trump’s record of zigzags, some officials cautioned the president could reverse course again. Or he might back some ban on flavored e-cigarettes that exempts vape shops. Others said the White House might pursue a different tack altogether by endorsing legislation that would raise the minimum federal age for buying tobacco products to 21 from 18, or take other steps to try to prevent teens from getting access to the products.

Apple removes all vaping-related apps from the App Store

  Apple removes all vaping-related apps from the App Store The company says it’s responding to the vaping ‘health crisis’“[We’ve] updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted,” said Apple in a press statement. “As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.

In an effort to curb teen vaping , President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is looking to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products. “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

Health advocates heralded Trump 's proposed ban on flavored vape products while industry officials warn it could lead to risky do-it-yourself mixing. On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the state through an emergency

Some bet the anti-vaping effort is dead, though, especially because the administration could argue the youth vaping problem has been greatly eased by Juul Labs’ recent decision to stop selling its popular mint-flavored nicotine pods.

“It’s going to go the way of guns,” predicted one adviser, referring to Trump’s abandonment of efforts to combat gun violence after insisting he would take action after last summer’s mass shootings.

At least for now, vaping proponents are relieved. “It’s a great feeling in two months to go from thinking that prohibition was inevitable to actually proving that your issue has resonance with voters to such an extent that the president of the United States takes notice,” said Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, a pro-vaping advocacy group.

Anti-tobacco groups expressed frustration that a comprehensive e-cigarette flavor ban may be slipping away. “It appears that politics, not public health, is driving the decisions,” said Robin Koval, chief executive and president of Truth Initiative.

The administration’s intense focus on e-cigarettes began more than a year ago when then-Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sounded the alarm about “an epidemic” of youth vaping that was hooking a new generation on nicotine, a problem he blamed largely on Juul, the industry leader. Late last year, the company suspended sales of many of its flavored products in brick-and-mortar stores and later stopped the sales online.

California is suing Juul for allegedly targeting minors

  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.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that vaping had become an urgent public-health concern in the U.S., “specifically with respect to children.” Azar said the FDA would issue guidance in coming weeks intended to clamp down on the sale of almost all flavored vaping products.

President Trump said the U.S. plans to pull most vaping products from the market FDA will pull mint, menthol and fruity flavors from market, citing health concerns and surge in teen usage. Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, recently invested almost billion in e-cigarette company Juul.

In March, just before stepping down, Gottlieb proposed restricting sales of most flavored e-cigarettes to adult-only stores, or ones with adult-only sections and heightened age verification. But the proposals were never finalized and by late summer, officials began getting new data that showed a second sharp increase in teen vaping. FDA and HHS officials decided an outright ban would be easier to enforce and more effective.

Vaping shot into public view this summer when at least three dozen people, many of them young, began dying from a mysterious vaping-related lung disease. Federal officials would pinpoint the most likely culprit as vitamin E acetate in vaping products with illicit THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But because standard e-cigarettes couldn’t be totally ruled out, momentum grew for an aggressive attack on vapes.

On Sept. 11, several officials presented their plan to ban all nontobacco e-cigarettes to Trump, who was in an expansive mood following a Republican victory in a special election for a North Carolina congressional seat. Trump announced the ban that same day, winning the praise of health groups and the ire of the vaping industry. “People think it’s an easy solution to cigarettes, but it’s turned out that it has its own difficulties,” he said then.

Two days later, though, in a sign of his discomfort, Trump tweeted that he liked “the Vaping alternative to Cigarettes,” but wanted to keep children from using them. Aides said that was the first signal they saw that he could reverse course.

State lawmakers pass nation’s toughest restrictions on sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products

  State lawmakers pass nation’s toughest restrictions on sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products The legislation — a forceful response to an epidemic in which one out of every five Massachusetts high-schoolers use e-cigarettes — was completed after midnight Thursday and just before lawmakers broke for a weekslong recess. It now awaits action by Governor Charlie Baker. The legislation, completed after midnight and just before lawmakers broke for a weekslong recess, now awaits action by Governor Charlie Baker, who in September declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on all vaping sales following an explosion of vaping-related illness.

In a surprise meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump pushed to ban all non-tobacco- flavored e-cigarettes from the market, with the backing of the FDA and HHS. Secretary Azar said the FDA would soon issue regulatory guidance to remove flavored vaping products from the market.

The Trump administration is finalizing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes after the outbreak of a vaping -related illness that's sickened 450 people Democrats and increasing numbers of Republicans in Congress have pressed for flavor bans , age restrictions and other curbs on the sale of vaping

Over the next several weeks, the FDA worked to finalize the ban, which would order most flavored vape products off the market and allow them back only if manufacturers got agency authorization. Meanwhile, opposition continued to mount. Trump campaign manager Parscale shared internal polling done in late October that showed vapers could abandon the president if he followed through on the prohibition, according to a person familiar with the effort.

Conservative groups, including the influential Americans for Tax Reform led by Grover Norquist, pressed the vape shops’ case on Twitter and in op-eds.

On Halloween, aides met with Trump again. By then, they had decided to exempt menthol from the ban because new federal data showed the flavor wasn’t popular among young people and they wanted to keep menthol vapes on the market as long as menthol e-cigarettes are legal. A final briefing for Trump was planned for the following Monday, during Trump’s trip to Kentucky to campaign for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

On that Monday, the Office of Management and Budget cleared the vaping policy and began canceling meetings it had scheduled with interest groups to discuss the plan. The move angered vaping and conservative organizations and signaled an announcement could be imminent.

But the announcement never came. Confusion deepened in the days following when presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared to suggest that vape shops weren’t subject to FDA regulation, and Joe Grogan, the head of the Domestic Policy Council, told reporters it was “a huge waste of time” for the agency to regulate tobacco products. Internally, aides said there was no longer a united front.

On Nov. 9, Trump’s helicopter, taking him to the Alabama-LSU football game, flew over hundreds of vaping enthusiasts organizing to protest the flavor ban gathered on the Ellipse.

Emboldened vaping advocates said if the industry beats back a federal flavor ban, it must continue to flex its muscle to address proliferating state and local prohibitions, as well as a court-ordered deadline of May 2020 when manufacturers must file applications with the FDA to continue selling e-cigarettes. Firms that don’t file could be forced off the market.

“We need to reignite the issue and make the administration and the reelection team aware that the magnitude of the threat in May 2020 is just as huge and industry-crushing as the flavor ban is today,” said Conley of the vaping association.

Anti-tobacco groups aren’t backing down either. “If the federal government doesn’t take strong action, it’s clear now the states will,” said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “There’s a crisis that needs to be addressed.”

Yasmeen Abutaleb and Michael Scherer contributed to this story.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Demonstrators vape during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban, which President Trump has taken a step back on this month.© Jose Luis Magana/AFP Via Getty Images Demonstrators vape during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban, which President Trump has taken a step back on this month.

CDC finds nearly 50 deaths now linked to vaping .
The latest numbers have been revealed after another type of severe lung damage linked to vaping turned up in a young patient in CanadaHealth officials in the U.S. report a rise in lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that there are 47 deaths and 2,290 illnesses.

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