Trump will announce flavored e-cigarette coverage ‘very quickly’
Elijah Nouvelage | Reuters
Trump and high well being officers on Sept. 11 stated the administration was readying a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and would introduce the coverage inside weeks. Almost two months later, they’ve but to introduce something.
It was broadly speculated that the administration would announce its plan Tuesday together with the publication of two research outlining youngsters’ urge for food for flavors, significantly mint. It wasn’t instantly clear why the announcement was delayed. Conway on Wednesday stated it is going to be made “very quickly,” with business watchers anticipating it as early as this week.
“I feel the one factor that is actually modified from [first lady Melania Trump’s] preliminary tweet on Sept. 9 is that the information are way more harrowing and regarding than we’d have anticipated,” Conway stated exterior the White Home. “However the demarcation is basically youngsters and adults. And we’re very centered on a burgeoning well being disaster amongst youngsters.”
One research requested teenagers individually about mint and menthol. The administration initially stated it will ban each flavors, although most business observers anticipate the administration to exempt menthol, together with tobacco, from any ban.
“The variations between youngsters and adults, and I feel the [Journal of the American Medical Association] made clear, youngsters report they use mint and different flavors like mango, bubble gum, tooty fruity, unicorn milk, fairly outstanding, and that they do not look after menthol, which after all many people who smoke — I am not one — say tastes like tobacco,” Conway stated Wednesday.
The Division of Well being and Human Providers despatched its proposal to the White Home’s Workplace of Info and Regulatory Affairs on the finish of October. Various e-cigarette corporations and advocates scheduled conferences to debate the plan with the White Home by means of the top of November.
The White Home early Tuesday canceled all scheduled conferences, saying in emails that officers had concluded their overview after taking only a handful of conferences. The business and adults who’ve used e-cigarettes to stop smoking cigarettes have aggressively lobbied in opposition to banning flavors, utilizing the hashtag on social media #WeVapeWeVote.