Trump hosts vaping shoutfest at the White House
"Utah is a Mormon state, and half the kids in high school are vaping," said Romney, who's sponsoring a bill that would ban flavors.
The president said the administration will raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, which many representatives in the room — from tobacco and vaping industries, and anti-tobacco groups -- support. But he seemed to retreat from the widespread ban he promised in September that would cover flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol products.
That announcement was a response to growing rates of teen vaping and an ongoing outbreak of vaping-linked lung illnesses that has killed at least 47 and sickened nearly 2,300 people. Black market products have been linked to most of the vaping casualties.
Trump reportedly wavered on the ban in recent weeks after being told it could eliminate thousands of small-business jobs and anger his voters. Recent comments from White House aides suggest that menthol and even age-restricted vape shops could be exempt.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asked attendees for their thoughts on focusing a ban on the sleek cartridge-based products sold in convenience stores that appeal to teens, according to two people in the room.
Acting FDA Commissioner Brett Giroir also attended the meeting though he did not ask questions, attendees said.
Those attending Friday's meeting included Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids President Matthew Myers and Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Both groups, along with dozens of other health organizations, fervently support a ban on e-cigarette flavors and have ...
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