President Donald Tump’s White House meeting with vaping lobbyists and anti-tobacco demonstrators erupted in shouting and controversy Friday afternoon as the President indicated poised to backpedal on his interdict of flavored e-cigarettes. According to a pool report, senator Mitt Romney, who is an outspoken critic of flavored e-cigarettes, have told the President that most adults are not using flavors, urging vaping industry leaders in the room to shout and to provide sales statistics. Romney, who is sponsoring a bill that would forbid flavors, stated that Utah is a Mormon state, and half of the kids in high school are vaping. The President said that the administration would raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, which many delegates in the room from tobacco and vaping industries, and anti-tobacco groups supported. Still, he seemed to retreat from the extensive ban he promised in September that would cover flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol and mint products.
That declaration was a response to improving rates of teen vaping and a continuing outbreak of vaping related lung diseases that have killed at least 47 and made nearly 2,300 people sick. Black market products have been connected to most of the vaping casualties. Trump reportedly staggered on the ban in recent weeks after being told it could sort out many small-business jobs and anger his voters. Recent statements from White House aides suppose that menthol and age-restricted vape shops could be released. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar questioned attendees for their thoughts on concentrating a ban on the bland cartridge-based products sold in convenience stores that attract teens.
Acting FDA Commissioner Brett Giroir also was present in the meeting though he did not ask questions. Those who were present in the Friday’s meeting comprised Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids with President Matthew Myers and Gary Reedy, who is the CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Both of the groups, along with dozens of other heal organizations, fervently agreed on the ban of e-cigarette flavors and also have criticized the administration over the stalled plan.