U.S. President Donald Trump held a roundtable on e-cigarettes at the White House on Friday, focusing on whether all flavored e-cigaretteproducts should be banned,media CNET reported. E-cigarette-related deaths and lung damage cases continue to rise in the United States. On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 47 e-cigarette-related deaths in the United States, with the youngest victim sat out as young as 17.
Also in attendance were Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and Kellyanne Conway, a White House adviser, as well as experts from stakeholders and the American Lung Association. Several stakeholders talked about how e-cigarettes lead teenagers to become addicted to nicotine.
Back in September, multiple stakeholders agreed with the Trump administration’s original proposal to ban all flavors of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette giant Juul stopped selling mint-flavored products on November 7. In the United States, Juul now sells Virginia Tobacco, Classic Tobacco and Mentmenter-flavored products.
The CDC also said Thursday that as of November 20, there were 2,290 cases of lung damage associated with e-cigarettes. “EVALI” cases occur in all states except Alaska. Cases have also been reported in the District of Columbia and two U.S. overseas territories, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. EVALI represents lung damage caused by the use of e-cigarette products.
On November 1st Axios reported that the Trump administration was considering banning all flavors of e-cigarettes except tobacco and menthol, which could be waived because they are less attractive to minors. However, It was reported earlier this week that Mr. Trump considered suspending the ban. According to the New York Times, he “banned the push” because of “the repression of potential supporters.”
“President Trump and this administration are committed to protecting children’s health in a responsible manner,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNET in an emailed statement this week. At the moment, we’re working on the rules, and I’m not going to guess the end result. “
The CDC announced on November 8that that vitamin e acetate may be the cause of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes. Federal health officials said tests on the lung fluid of 29 patients showed the presence of the substance, an additive in certain products containing tetrahydrocannabinol.