US moves to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

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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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