California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, announced the campaign last week. The move comes following the cases of vape-related lung disease which latest reports have linked to vaping unlicensed THC oils and nicotine products.
Earlier this month in response to these cases, 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.
One of the amendments 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 said 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.
Demanding authority to implement bans
Meanwhile, Newsom said that while he doesn’t have the authority to implement bans, he would like lawmakers to amend current legislation in order to be able to do so by next year. Besides raising awareness via the campaign, Newsom is also urging the state departments of public health and tax and fee administration to find ways to warn people about the potential dangers of vaping and tackle the sale of illicit products.
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