USA health officials are urging people to avoid e-cigarettes while the CDC investigates 450 cases of lung illness and six deaths that may be linked to chemical exposure while vaping.
A ban on flavors would represent a huge blow to the vaping industry, including companies such as Juul, which has grown into a multibillion dollar business by selling mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine products.
The American Cancer Society called the administration's move "an important first step in announcing its intention to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market that have hooked youth".More news: Google 'Play Pass' Subscription Service For Apps, Games Is Coming Soon
Trump said the first lady has become engaged on the dangers of vaping. Agency officials instead said they were studying if flavors could help smokers quit traditional cigarettes.
The proposed ban comes as cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have surged in recent weeks.
Azar said HHS intends to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market in upcoming months.
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NY state health authorities have focused their investigation on vitamin E acetate, which is used as a thickener in black market vaping cartridges. But previous year, 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping in the past month, according to government survey figures. While you could argue its better on the pockets, more reports are beginning to show that vaping is equally harmful to the body as smoking tobacco.
Most e-cigarettes contain colorless, flavorless chemicals such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which create an inhalable vapor when heated.
San Francisco also placed a ban on e-cigarettes, becoming the first city to do so while MI recently became the first state to prohibit the sales of the majority of vaping products. The chemicals are considered safe as food additives but their long-term effects when inhaled have not been studied.More news: England drops Roy for final Ashes Test