President Trump's plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers.
President Donald Trump says the federal government will soon announce a new strategy to tackle underage vaping, promising, “We’re going to protect our families, we’re going to protect our children, and we’re going to protect the industry."
But the plan from the Trump administration includes major exceptions that benefit companies that make and sell e-cigarettes and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices.
Trump was vague about what the plan would entail but suggested “certain flavors” in cartridge-based e-cigarettes would be taken off the market “for a period of time."
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the policy won't affect menthol or tobacco flavors.
The policy also won't affect large, tank-based vaping products sold in vape shops that cater to adults.
Those changes are a major step back from President Donald Trump's original plan announced in September, which would have banned nearly all flavors in all vaping products.
Beginning in May, All e-cigarettes will need to undergo FDA review. Only those that can demonstrate a benefit for U.S. public health will be permitted to stay on the market.