Earlier this month, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner Ned Sharpless, met with Trump to discuss possible e-cig restrictions. This action came in response to the alleged current teen vaping “epidemic” and the recent outbreak of vape-related lung disease.
Research keeps indicating that flavours are essential in encouraging smokers to switch from cigarettes to the safer alternatives.
One of the restrictions being proposed is a nationwide ban on flavoured vaping products with Trump confirming this, during an oval office meeting at the White House. “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 youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” said Azar in a statement.
“We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth,” he added.
Meanwhile, several studies have indicated that flavours are essential in encouraging smokers to make the switch from cigarettes to the safer alternatives, therefore a total flavour ban would be counterproductive to public health.
To this effect, a petition has been launched urging Trump to reconsider the measure. “Vaping has saved millions of people lives with flavors being one of the major reasons due to their sweet flavors. We the people know that legal vape products that have been regulated are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. Bans and prohibition has never worked, whether it is with cannabis or alcohol or drugs.”