Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21

Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21

Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21

"So we're going to have an age limit of 21 or so, but we'll be coming out with something next week, very important on vaping", Trump said before boarding Marine One for the first leg of a trip to Georgia for a fundraiser and other events.

The administration announced in September it would soon ban flavored products, but it appeared lobbying efforts by the vaping industry may have changed that position.

President Trump said on Friday that a final decision on vaping products will be issued next week.

In brief: Juul, an industry leader in the e-cigarette market, is stopping sales of its mint-flavored vape products after a study showed they were especially popular among teen users. It has also stopped advertising in the United States. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia have already passed similar measures raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco, nicotine and vaping products to 21.

In April, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people younger than 21.

Juul Labs, the market-leading e-cigarette company, has supported federal "Tobacco 21" policies.

Trump's announcement comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update that on Thursday reported 39 vaping-related deaths across 24 states, and an additional 2,051 illnesses. Nationwide, it would prevent 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019. Studies published in the medical journal JAMA found that almost 60% of high school students who vape use Juul, the market leader, and mint was the most popular flavor among USA 10th and 12th graders. The researchers estimated of the 5.3 million high school and middle school students who now use e-cigarettes, 2.4 million of them use flavored e-cigarettes.

In a statement, Juul said that in light of the studies, it would immediately stop accepting orders from retail partners for mint pods in the U.S. and will cease selling the pods through its website.

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