The Trump administration plans to ban all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to decrease use among youth, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“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,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a statement. “We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”
Preliminary numbers from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show youth e-cigarette use continues to rise, according to the health department, especially the use of non-tobacco flavors. More than a quarter of high school students used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days, and the overwhelming majority say they use fruit, menthol or mint flavors, according to the survey.
“We appreciate President Trump and Secretary Azar’s continued support of the agency’s efforts to prevent youth use of e-cigarettes, including the bold approach we’re announcing today," Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said. "Once finalized, this compliance policy will serve as a powerful tool that the FDA can use to combat the troubling trend of youth e-cigarette use.”
The FDA will announce news compliance policy rules soon that detail enforcement procedures for violations of the new order.