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Trump Administration Releases Guidance on E-Cigarettes

Friday, January 10, 2020  
Posted by: NACCHO, News from Washington
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As you may remember, earlier this fall President Trump declared that we needed to ban flavored e-cigarettes in order to address skyrocketing numbers of youth using these products. Since then, advocates on all side of the issue have been trying to influence the final policy, which was finally released last week. The final e-cigarette enforcement policy does ban certain flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, but unfortunately allows for menthol flavors as well as flavored e-liquids used in "open-tank" e-cigarettes to remain on the market. In addition, the ban does not apply to brick-and-mortar vape shops – where most flavors will still be allowable. According to 2018 research, nearly 15% of middle and high school e-cigarette users under 18 reported obtaining e-cigarettes from a vape shop in the past month.

 

NACCHO released a statement acknowledging this step forward but expressing disappointment with the reversal from the President's September 11 statement that the Administration would ban all flavored tobacco products and e-liquids. We will continue to support legislation and other policy vehicles to try and get a stronger policy in place to protect youth from becoming addicted to these products.