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Henrietta Brewer
November 23, 2019

President Donald Trump appeared to soften his stance on banning flavored electronic cigarettes Friday, warning that removing them from stores would breed a black market.

Romney said it wasn't clear what action the administration would ultimately take but that it was good to bring everyone together for the discussion.

Gout said that the letter argued that the Trump administration has "perpetuated a culture that conditions women and minority gender identities to be silent - to sacrifice the space they have every right to take up".

What's more, Trump's FDA nominee earlier this week said he has not seen enough evidence to suggest flavored vapes should be banned.

On Friday, Trump, who is gearing up for a 2020 re-election race and trumpets the strength of the USA economy daily, was warned by an e-cigarette executive that a ban on the products could lead to a loss of at least 100,000 jobs.

'Now, instead of having a flavor that's at least safe, they're going to be having a flavor that's poison'. "It is somewhat fanciful to suggest they're going to implement a flavor ban and there will not be flavored products sold on the black market".

Federal law bans sales of e-cigarettes to those under 18, but some states have pushed that to 21 - the same as with traditional cigarettes.

Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, told Trump that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "who is no friend to your presidency", is funding a $160 million campaign to try to ban these flavors. Bloomberg is considering entering the Democratic presidential race.

"As the president has said, there is a serious problem among our youth and their growing addiction to e-cigarettes". Juul CEO Crosthwaite maintained that ceasing flavored sales was "the responsible thing to do as the market leader".

Trump reiterated on Friday that his administration was considering raising the age to buy such products to 21.

The leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes in the United States has already stopped selling its mango and mint-flavored cartridge refills, which are popular among high school students.

"It's a health emergency", said Romney, the co-sponsor of a bill with Sen. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products including menthol cigarettes.

Ten days ago he called for talks where industry representatives and medical professionals could reach an acceptable solution to the vaping "dilemma", as the practice comes under increasing scrutiny following a series of deaths.

More than 27.5% of American high school students use e-cigarettes, up from 20.7% in 2018, according to a US government study.

The president backed off his September promise of a widespread flavored-vape restriction during a heated roundtable with public-health advocates and vaping-industry executives at the White House.

"I salute the fact that Juul has said we're taking these products off the market because we care about our kids", Romney said. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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