The U.S. President Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent due for reelection in 2020, has announced that he is directing his administration to consider all options in addressing the recent rash of health scares from vaping.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner Ned Sharpless met with the president at the White House to discuss potential restrictions.
One of these restrictions is a nationwide ban on flavored products. Trump confirmed this, during an oval office meeting at the White House with Azar and Sharpless. No details have yet been released.
“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,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex 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.”
Citing the noncommunicable respiratory disease outbreak and the need to prevent minors from accessing flavored e-cigarette products, non-tobacco characterized flavors like chocolate, berry, among countless others could be removed from the market if such a policy is implemented.
Like the recent flavored e-cigarette ban in Michigan, any adverse action taken against flavors will come in the form of either executive action or emergency rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services and the