Trump reportedly said 'I should never have done that f---ing vaping thing,' expressing regrets over his involvement in e-cigarette policy
Axios reported that Trump expressed regret that he personally got involved in vaping policy, with two sources saying he remarked "I should never have done that f---ing vaping thing" on an impromptu phone call. Trump was in an Oval Office campaign meeting discussing health care as a 2020 issue when he spontaneously called Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The sources also said Trump didn't regret the policy, but thinks he should have left it up to the Food and Drug Administration instead of personally getting involved. Previously, Trump told reporters his administration would "protect our children" by pulling certain sweet, fruity vape flavors that could entice minors into trying vaping. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
President Donald Trump's most prominent heath care policy thus far may be his administration's ban on flavored vapes. The move was intended to reduce teen vaping, but also spurned a vaping activism movement. Now, Trump seems to regret getting himself personally involved in the vaping crackdown. On an impromptu Oval Office phone call with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Trump said "I should never have done that f---ing vaping thing," two sources told Axios. The call was on speakerphone. Trump placed the call during a campaign meeting, while he discussed health care as a 2020 issue. A source told Axios that Azar was defensive of the vaping policy after Trump expressed regret, but that the president's regret was more about his personal involvement in the vaping policy.
The Food and Drug Administration oversees vaping and e-cigarette policy, but Trump was vocal about his administration's move to combat minors vaping, telling reporters in December that "we're going to protect our families, we're going to protect our children." "The flavors will come off," Trump said, according to USA Today. "They're going to be checked. People have died from this. They've died from vaping." The president's comments followed the vape-related lung disease epidemic. After initial plans for a widespread crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes, the Trump administration announced a more limited ban on sales of flavored vaping pods besides tobacco and menthol varieties, excluding open-tank vaping devices. During his phone call with Azar, Trump also playfully asked "When are you gonna get these drug prices lower?" and suggested he "hurry up" to pass rules that would allow Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada, sources told Axios. Shortly after the call, Azar appeared on Fox News and praised Trump as "the greatest protector of religious liberty who has ever sat in the Oval Office." The White House didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
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An initiative to reduce the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers led to compromise. Sales of most...An initiative to reduce the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers led to compromise. Sales of most flavored pods popular with youth will be forbidden, but flavored liquid nicotine for open tank devices will be exempt.
The tobacco and vaping industries and conservative allies intensively lobbied against a ban on popular flavored...The tobacco and vaping industries and conservative allies intensively lobbied against a ban on popular flavored e-cigarettes.
The Trump Administration is reportedly banning all sweet and fruity vape pod flavors nearly a year after the move was first outlined
The Food and Drug Administration will implement a ban on all flavored e-cigarette pods except tobacco...The Food and Drug Administration will implement a ban on all flavored e-cigarette pods except tobacco and menthol varieties as part of an attempt to curb youth vaping, Trump Administration officials told multiple news outlets on December 31, 2019. The ban would exclude open-tank vaping devices, a compromise made for small businesses. According to The Wall Street Journal, those devices are often found at vape shops and "allow users to mix their own nicotine liquids." Open-tank vaping devices are not as popular with young people. The move also comes at the height of a public safety scare related to a growing spate of serious lung diseases tied to vaping. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly a year after federal regulators first outlined a sweeping proposal to ban the sale of sweet and fruity flavored e-cigarettes, the Trump Administration will put a ban on certain flavored vaping cartridges. As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the FDA plans to prohibit the sale of all flavored vaping pods except tobacco and menthol varieties as part of an attempt to curb the rise of youth vaping. The Journal, citing officials, said the official announcement is expected on Friday, The ban would exclude open-tank vaping devices, a compromise made for small businesses. The Journal reported that those devices are often found at vape shops and "allow users to mix their own nicotine liquids." Open-tank vaping devices are not as popular with young people. The move also comes at the height of a public safety scare related to a growing cluster of serious lung diseases tied to vaping. At last count, 55 people have died and nearly 2,561 have been hospitalized as a result of the mysterious condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flavors that will be prohibited are those that are believed to be most popular with young people. Many manufacturers of vape devices and refillable vaping liquids offer options ranging from spicy watermelon to bubble gum, and health experts have said that those offerings are a clear and obvious danger to kids. Young people are highly vulnerable to nicotine, the addictive drug in many e-cigarettes. Juul, the top seller of e-cigarettes, has already halted sales of flavored vapes The exempted flavors, on the other hand, are those that are believed to be most popular with adults, and are similar to menthol cigarettes. Juul, the market leader in vape sales, currently sells tobacco, mint, and menthol-flavored nicotine vapes. The company previously sold mango, fruit, cucumber, and cream varieties, but voluntarily stopped offering those in October following a previous decision to sell them online. "In an effort to reduce the surge in youth vaping, the ban would target the type of e-cigarettes most popular among teens," The Washington Post reported. "Menthol and tobacco flavors would be excluded from the ban, the administration official said." In November 2018, Scott Gottlieb, then commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, announced that he would be spearheading a similar move to ban sweet and fruit flavored e-cigarettes. That proposal, which Gottlieb said at the time had broad support within the Trump administration, also excluded mint and tobacco varieties from the ban. An 'on-ramp' for teen smoking and vaping Then this September, on the heels of a policy meeting at the White House, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar suggested that the Trump Administration aimed to put Gottlieb's proposal into action. "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," Azar said in a statement on September 11. "We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth." Erin Brodwin contributed to this article. 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