President Trump teased new federal restrictions on vaping in the present day to reporters on the White Home, suggesting that the federal government may elevate the age restrict on e-cigarette use to 21. The announcement is a change from a coverage prompt in September, when Trump mentioned the federal authorities would think about banning flavored vaping merchandise.
“We’re going to be popping out with an important place on vaping,” Trump mentioned, in keeping with CNBC. “Now we have to handle our children, most significantly, so we’re going to have an age restrict of 21 or so, so we’ll be popping out with one thing subsequent week crucial on vaping.”
A number of legislators at each a federal and state stage have pushed for related age restrictions in current months. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell launched a invoice in April that will elevate the minimal age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette merchandise from 18 to 21. The same invoice was launched in Wisconsin simply this week.
In 2015, Hawaii turned the primary state to cross a regulation elevating the smoking and vaping age to 21, amid a noticeable rise in younger individuals utilizing e-cigarettes. That development has continued, with a current survey displaying that one in 4 excessive schoolers and one in ten center schoolers have vaped within the final 30 days.
Excessive numbers of younger vapers led the US Surgeon Common to declare youth vaping an epidemic in 2018. Since then, many states and jurisdictions have began enacting laws designed to crack down on flavored e-cigarette gross sales and promoting to minors, although a few of these bans are being contested in court docket.
Trump prompt on Friday that the federal government was nonetheless contemplating proscribing flavors, like he centered on within the September announcement. However the language round flavors was tempered in the present day by the point out of different elements — together with protecting the e-cigarette business going. “We’re speaking in regards to the age, have been speaking about flavors, we’re additionally speaking about protecting individuals working,” Trump mentioned in keeping with Reuters.
On October 25th, The Washington Publishreported that Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor had requested the president to contemplate softening the language of the flavour ban, implying that banning flavors may harm his re-election possibilities subsequent yr. Among the many prompt alternate options to a taste ban? Elevating the vaping age to 21.
Flavored vaping merchandise have been extremely fashionable with younger individuals, which is why sweet-flavored merchandise have been the goal of regulatory companies just like the Meals and Drug Administration up to now. Previously, mint, menthol and tobacco-flavored vapes have been allowed to remain on cabinets, as regulators assumed these flavors appealed extra to grownup customers. That assumption has come beneath fireplace lately, when a survey discovered mint Juul merchandise have been far and away the favourite taste amongst excessive schoolers.
A coverage announcement from the White Home is anticipated subsequent week.