12 September 2019 - US to ban e-cigarettes after six vaping-related deaths
Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Laurie McGinley (The Washington Post, 11/09/2019)
Trump administration officials, alarmed by new data showing a huge jump in vaping by young people, said they are moving to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, a major development that could result in sweeping changes in the sprawling market.
In an Oval Office meeting Wednesday that included first lady Melania Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, President Trump said: “We can’t allow people to get sick. And we can’t have our youth be so affected.” He added that the first lady, who Tuesday tweeted a warning about vaping, feels “very, very strongly” about the issue because of their 13-year-old son, Barron.
Is This the Beginning of the End for Juul?
Jay Willis (GQ, 11/09/2019)
Vaping trails only alcoholic beverages as the preferred psychoactive drug delivery system of America's youth. In a December survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health, more than one-fifth of high school seniors—20.9 percent—reported vaping nicotine at least once in the preceding 30 days, compared to just 11 percent a year earlier. Whatever manufacturers are doing to get young people to try their products, it is working fantastically, which may be why more elected officials are looking into a vaping ban.
This pattern is troubling, presumably, for public health experts at places like the Centers for Disease Control, which says it has received reports of six deaths and over 450 possible cases of e-cigarette-related lung illnesses, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is investigating a nationwide outbreak of respiratory conditions linked to contaminated cannabis vaping products. This week, FDA officials issued a pair of letters to e-cigarette giant Juul that shine an unforgiving spotlight on the company's business model—and may signal the imposition of stricter federal regulations in the not-so-distant future.
Trump Critics Ridicule Him For Vaping Ban After Six Deaths, Say Guns Have Killed More
Scott McDonald (Newsweek, 11/09/2019)
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration would soon roll out new guidelines that could put an end to flavored e-cigarettes after six reported deaths in the country. This could include pulling products off the market, with the exception of flavored tobacco.
The unforgiving world of social media blasted the president, however, saying he has taken six deaths more importantly than hundreds killed by gun violence this year, and the thousands killed on a yearly basis.
Trump Wants to Ban Mango Juul Pods, But AR-15s Can Stay
Susan Rinkunas (Vice, 11/09/2019)
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced from the Oval Office that his administration will ban flavored vaping products from the market. This move is evidently linked to recent reports of at least six deaths and several hundred hospitalizations from lung illnesses connected to vaping. Health experts have also been concerned with teenagers who never smoked getting addicted to the nicotine in e-cigarettes, and U.S. health officials have labeled teen vaping an "epidemic."
Trump cited need for "very strong action" on vaping because of the "harm to innocent children." He said to reporters: "We can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected....people are dying with vaping so we're looking at it very closely."