US moves to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

epa07673754 (FILE) - A person smokes an electronic cigarette in Nice, France, 05 March 2013 (reissued 26 June 2019). San Francisco became the first US city to ban electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) sales until their health effects are clearer. The city's board of supervisors on 25 June 2019 unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance saying that 'No person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco.' The ban on sale and distribution will start in early 2020, and remain in place until US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, media reported. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

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The US federal government plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes amid rising concern over youth vaping and lung illness and deaths linked to the products, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

The president and top US officials expressed concern that flavoured vaping products  were drawing millions of youth into nicotine addiction.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement at the White House alongside acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Ned Sharpless, the president and First Lady Melania Trump.

Azar said the FDA would create guidelines over the next couple of weeks to remove all flavoured e-cigarettes from the market. Flavored products may apply for FDA approval, but they would only be granted clearance if they prove to show a net benefit to public health, he added.

 

Via NBC News/ Reuters

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