Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes as concern grows about vaping

"I have to do something about it," said Trump after 6 people died after vaping illegal substances from the black market

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Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

The president of the United States, Donald Trump has announced tougher policies on electronic cigarettes. The Administration is determined to ban flavored e-cigarettes. To discourage the young from electronic cigarettes containing any type of flavor that is not tobacco.

Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

“It’s causing a lot of problems, especially vaping among innocent children,” said the president in the White House. Trump also added that there is a problem with electronic cigarettes. “I have to do something about it,” concluded the president.

The CDC is advising people not to consume these products. After six people recently died due to lung diseases after vaping. However, while the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) and others are still saying there are multiple reasons why these products could be hurting people. Health officials in New York have pointed to one ingredient in particular: vitamin E oil.

Trump’s plans

More than 450 people have been taken to the hospital with severe lung damages. After vaping cartridges containing THC. Those cartridges were sold on the black market. Dealers were mixing the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of marijuana) with vitamin E oil. A substance not meant to be vaped.

The last victim of this black market was an adult man from Kansas who already had health problems. The authorities avoided detailing the type of product he used. It is the fourth death reported in less than a week. Those registered in Minnesota and California were also adults who suffered from some type of chronic lung problem.

Despite the warnings from the CDC, the American Vaping Association said that “evidence continues to indicate that poorly manufactured street vapes containing THC or other substances are to blame for these illnesses. No adult smoker should be scared off from using store-bought nicotine vaping products to quit or reduce smoking. Nor should any vaper be misled into believing that relapsing back to smoking is a better option than continuing to vape”.

The tweet from Melania Trump

The concern about vaping is nothing new. The success of vaping in the United States in recent years, and especially the success of JUUL brand among young people was already a concerning issue for health organizations such as the FDA.

The dramatic death of 6 people recently only increased this concern and put more pressure on the vaping community.

Melania Trump showed her concern last week.” I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of the use of electronic cigarettes among our children. We need to do everything possible to protect the public from tobacco-related diseases and deaths. Prevent electronic cigarettes from becoming a way of access to nicotine addiction,” wrote Melania Trump on her Twitter account.

Melanie Trump about Vaping
Melanie Trump about Vaping

The tweet continued

Despite the efforts made by JUUL and other vape manufacturers to sell their products to adults only,  the Trump administration already announced the ban on flavored e-cigarettes online. According to them, they are appealing for young people. JUUL has taken steps to prevent the sale of its products to minors both online and to its distributors.

In the UK, the director of the UK Center for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, professor John Briton, said in this regard: “Most of the harm in vapor, it seems to me, comes from flavors. It would be reasonable to say ‘let’s have no flavors’, but a lot of smokers say they can’t tolerate inhaling straight nicotine vapor.

For many vapers who were smokers, flavor is a key part of the success of moving on to vaping. I think there is a case for trying to limit the number of flavors available. There are thousands and thousands of them and I can’t believe we need quite so many.”

Alfonso Melero

Alfonso Melero

Content creator and marketer. Originally from Spain, I lived a few years in Scotland and China where I started to work for the vaping industry. Vaping is not only a profession for me but also a passion. I quit smoking thanks to vaping almost 3 years ago. I helped many smokers to switch to vaping since as I am convinced vaping is a much healhier alternative to tobbaco smoking.