Trump to pursue raising minimum age for buying e-cigarettes

Trump to pursue raising minimum age for buying e-cigarettes

Trump said vaping became a big industry and the administration is considering flavors, age of use and industry jobs.

President Trump said Friday that the White House would soon issue a "very important" proposal on vaping that would include an age limit and a possible ban on flavored products.

"The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other information sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak", the CDC said on Thursday.

Health organizations have pressured the administration to ban flavors, which are popular among young people. The Trump Administration announced that it planned to ban flavored e-cigarette cartridges back in September, but they still haven't actually done anything.

CNN reached out to FDA for an on-the-record comment about the President's remarks and was not provided one.

The federal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products is 18, but 18 states and the District of Columbia have set their minimum age at 21.

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Trump resisted any specifics on the scope of the restrictions. Multiple lawmakers have filed federal bills, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Juul Labs, the market-leading e-cigarette company, has supported federal "Tobacco 21" policies.

It came as the cases of vaping-related lung disease in the country exceeded 2,000, causing 39 dead, as of November 5, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Earlier, the company replaced its CEO and pledged to stop advertising its products. Nationwide, it would prevent 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019.

Vaping-related illnesses have also increased. The study found that mint was the most popular flavor among Juul users in 10th and 12th grades and the second-most popular among middle-schoolers.

A study published this week in the journal JAMA showed that an estimated 27.5 percent of USA high school students reported recent e-cigarette use.

Having already halted sales of fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes, Juul will now only sell menthol and tobacco flavors.

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