U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his administration will soon announce a new strategy to address the use of e-cigarettes by minors, promising that “we will protect our families, our children, and our industries.” Mr. Trump was vague about the plan, but hinted that “certain flavors” of e-cigarettes would be removed from the market “for some time.”
Earlier reports said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.
Last September, Mr. Trump and his top health officials said they would soon ban the sale of almost all flavored e-cigarettes because they were too harmful to teenagers. But that effort has stalled over opposition from lobbyists, with White House advisers telling Trump that the ban could cost him the votes of adults who use e-cigarettes.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump hinted that a ban on flavored e-cigarettes might be temporary. “Hopefully, if everything is safe, they’ll be back on the market soon,” he told reporters at his home in Lake Lake, Florida. ”
“People die because of this, because e-cigarettes die,” he said. We think we understand why. But we are doing a very detailed check-up and hopefully everything will be back on the market soon. ”
He added: “You see, e-cigarettes may be good in this light – it’s going to make you quit smoking.” If you can quit smoking, this is a big advantage. So we think we’re going to bring it back to the market very quickly. “