The Trump administration this week ordered the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to combat e-cigarette vaping (smoking) especially among young people.
This in response to a recent outbreak of lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use. It has resulted in serious pulmonary illness and even death. The focus is on flavored e-cigarettes. FDA will pull unauthorized flavored products off the market.
Trump Administration: E-cigarette Update
The announcement comes on the heels of new data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, which shows that more than a quarter of high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. The most popular flavors were fruit, menthol and mint, all of which will be banned by the new enforcement.
Most e-cigarettes heat a liquid that contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to deliver an aerosol to the user. Some people use them to consume marijuana or other substances.
Warning By New York State
The New York State Department of Health recently issued a warning that cannabis-containing vape products may contain high levels of vitamin E acetate. The chemical has oil-like properties, and when burned, coats the lungs. This leads to severe pulmonary disease.
The Trump administration’s action on flavored e-cigarette is similar to that submitted by by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2018 called the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act.
The bill places substantial restrictions on e-cigarette flavorings and ban cigar flavorings. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) introduced the SAFE Kids Act to the U.S. House of Representatives in March.