FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

Health fears Vaping has been linked to breathing problems in US

Donald Trump I’ll ban flavour vapes to shield young by Matthew Perrone Published

Teenagers have been using flavored e-cigarettes as a trendy alternative to the paper rolls.

The decision comes amid outcry over the increase in teen vaping. They argue that flavoring is largely to blame for a rise in vaping among USA teenagers.

Numerous reports declare that vaping has contributed to a plethora of illnesses and six deaths, prompting people to ask the question: is vaping as safe as we once thought?

Sixth person dies from vaping-related illness; Dr. Janette Nesheiwat weighs in.

"Health Canada does have capacity and ability to declare a public health emergency and on that basis to take action quickly and that's something that should be considered at the present time".

Addressing reporters at the White House, the president said that both he and First Lady Melania Trump were anxious as parents of a teenage son about an outbreak of severe lung disease that has killed six people and sickened hundreds.

The president made his foray into e-cigarette policy after a recent surge in illnesses possibly linked to vaping has grabbed the attention of lawmakers, regulators and parents.

The exact cause of the deaths and illnesses have not been determined, but most are initially believed to be related to vaping counterfeit marijuana products containing vitamin E oil, which is risky if inhaled.

When the new plan goes into effect in the coming weeks, it would result in the removal of flavored e-cigarettes within 30 days, according to Bloomberg News.

Worried dad Mr Trump has a 13-year-old son
Worried dad Mr Trump has a 13-year-old son

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Ted Kwong, spokesman, JUUL Labs. But Trump's threat has pushed its stock down by 1%. (It is moving to nix menthol now, too.) And if you want to keep kids away from vaping and whatever it is that's putting people in the hospital, making electronic-cigarettes less appealing is a strategy that studies indicate could work.

At an east end high school, Ottawa Tobacco Enforcement Officer Jennifer Thomsen displays just some of the vaping products Ottawa high schools have confiscated from kids.

Similarly, Turning Point Brands TPB that owns rolling-paper maker Zig Zag and holds a few vaping companies in its portfolio, saw its shares decline 6.5% on Sep 11.

"We simply have to remove these attractive flavored products from the marketplace until they can secure FDA approval, if they can", Azar said, adding that tobacco flavored products would remain on the market for adult consumers.

Is Traditional Tobacco Still the victor?

E-cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2006 and were widely considered a safer alternative to traditional smoking, even though experts had warned even before the current wave of illnesses that it may take decades to learn about vaping's long-term effects. They also wanted doctors to warn their patients about vaping.

Most experts agree the aerosol from e-cigarettes is less harmful than cigarette smoke since it doesn't contain most of the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco. XXII rose 2.5%, 3.7% and 4.7%, respectively, on Sep 11.

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