Trump Admin Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes as Teens Get Hooked and Vaping Illnesses Spike

After the sixth national death related to e-cigarettes and lung disease was confirmed in Kansas on Tuesday, President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping.The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco, Health, and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with the president, first lady Melania Trump and the acting FDA commissioner, Ned Sharpless.Trump said vaping has become such a problem that he wants parents to be aware of what's happening. "People are going to watch what we're saying and parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children," he said.It will take several weeks to develop the proposed flavor restrictions, which will be subject to public input before taking effect.The proposal would only apply to nicotine vaping products, which are regulated by the FDA."We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth," Azar explained.The HHS secretary said flavored products could apply for FDA permission to reenter the market. But under agency standards, only products that represent a net benefit to the nation's public health can win FDA clearance.Azar said the administration would allow tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes to remain available as an option for adult smokers. But he said if children begin using those products, "we will take enforcemen ...Read more

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