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Trump Wants To Raise Minimum Age For Vaping To 21.

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Trump Wants To Raise Minimum Age For Vaping To 21.
« on: November 08, 2019, 08:40:17 PM »

US President Donald Trump
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   US President Donald Trump on Friday said he
wanted to raise the minimum age for the
purchase of e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 as
part of a plan to curtail youth vaping.
But he also indicated that he was concerned
about the impact of regulation on business, in
a sign that the administration is considering
stepping back from a previously announced
complete ban on flavored e-juices that are
popular among adolescents.
“We’re going to be coming out with a very
important position on vaping. We have to take
care of our kids most importantly, so we’re
going to have an age limit of 21 or so” he told
reporters, adding that a policy would be
announced “next week.”

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.
“We have a lot of people to look at, including
jobs frankly,” said Trump. “It has become a
big industry. We’re gonna take care of it.”
The vaping industry is facing unprecedented
scrutiny amid a mysterious epidemic of lung
conditions linked to e-cigarette use that has
killed 39 people and sickened more than
2,000 in the US in recent months.
Investigators say no single substance is
behind the outbreak, but preliminary work
has linked a cutting agent used in cannabis
flavorings, usually sold on the black market,
to lung injury.
The federal minimum age for purchasing
tobacco products is 18, but states can also
set their own law and several have already
passed bills restricting their sale to people
aged 21 and over.


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