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English Español USA: Trump takes on flavoured e-cigarettes

The U.S. Administration could ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes as youth consumption continues to increase and sixth person dies from vaping-related illness in the U.S.

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration is looking the possible ban of flavoured e-cigarettes. The move intents to tackle the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

Under recommendation from the FDA, that newly proposed enforcement policy would require flavoured e-cigarette companies to take their products off the market.

“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

The announcement comes as preliminary numbers from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show a continued rise in the disturbing rates of youth e-cigarette use. The preliminary data show that more than a quarter of high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2019 and the overwhelming majority of youth e-cigarette users cited the use of popular fruit and menthol or mint flavours.

“The tremendous progress we’ve made in reducing youth tobacco use in the U.S. is jeopardized by this onslaught of e-cigarette use,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D.

Kansas health officials recently confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes – the sixth death in the U.S., reports Sky News

The FDA has tested 120 product samples, and so far has been unable to identify any one brand, ingredient or substance that could explain the symptoms.

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