An employee picks up a Juul Labs device kit for a customer at a store in San Francisco.
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The Trump Administration will ban flavored electronic cigarette pods except for menthol and tobacco flavors and flavored liquid nicotine products commonly sold in vape shops, a White House official told CNBC, who requested anonymity because the information is confidential.
The salary for vape shop owners was facilitated by a provision in the $ 1.4 trillion spending package that Trump signed earlier this month, banning the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to children under 21, she said. authority. This new restriction is likely to undermine teen vaping, regardless of the government's approach to flavored pods.
A report from the National Institutes of Health's annual Monitoring the Future survey earlier this month said 14 percent of high school students said they had vomited marijuana the previous month, nearly double the rate from 2018.
The decision, however, may not be strong enough for anti-vaping groups. It was not immediately possible to determine whether the new guidance would allow the sale of bottles used to replenish vaping devices. Children began using these devices, sold at vape shops and convenience stores, to fill their vaping capsules with products and flavors of their own choosing.
It could have limited impact on vaping industry leader Juul, who, under close scrutiny, has already stopped selling his flavors in the US, along with menthol, Virginia tobacco and classic tobacco. It will probably be a blow to Juul's rival NJOY, who seemed to benefit from Juul's flavor retreat by selling his own blueberry flavors in stores.
The new orientation could be welcomed by tobacco companies, whose competition now needs to follow the same regulatory field, an industry expert said. Tobacco companies such as Altria, PMI Group, Japan Tobacco, British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands have faced a drop in sales as smokers are dying, stopping or switching to electronic cigarettes.
Amid this pressure, Altria disbursed $ 12.8 billion in a stake in Juul, hoping to capture a slice of its previously explosive growth.
The ban, first reported by the Wall street journal Quoting people familiar with the matter, should be formally announced on Friday, the official said. The official warned that nothing is definitive until the announcement is made.
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The decision comes to a sector that has been on the edge amid lack of regulatory clarity and increased use of adolescents. A deadly vaping-related lung disease further intensified the debate. The likely culprit for these deaths may be a vitamin E acetate found in some vaping THC products.
New deadlines and bouts of activity came from all sides.
In May, a federal judge sided with several advocacy groups, including the American Lung Association, in ruling that the US Food and Drug Administration had neglected its duties by delaying the delivery of formal guidelines on electronic cigarettes. The judge gave electronic cigarette companies until May 2020 the submission of their products to the agency for formal review. The decision inherently pressures the FDA to formalize these guidelines.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump fluctuated between positions. He suggested a federal ban on flavored electronic cigarettes in September, but then withdrew from that position amid a political backlash.
In the meantime, Trump has heard comments from vaping industry executives, public health lawyers, and small business owners concerned about the impact that the flavored vaping ban can have on their business. The exemption for products sold in vaping stores will likely ease these concerns before the 2020 presidential election.
Small business owners and lawyers applauded the news on Twitter late on Tuesday.
"When the ban was announced on September 11, we had little hope of stopping it, but newspapers and small businesses backed down and refused to give up," tweeted President of the American Vaping Association Gregory Conley.
"I don't see this as a victory because banning sealed cartridges will cause more smoke, but open system documents should be happy tonight," said Conley.
The FDA declined to comment, while a White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.