This is very bad news for vaping in the United States! The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that flavored e-liquids (for e-cigarettes) would be banned for sale in the coming months. He wants to thwart their growing success in high schools across the country.
« All flavors other than tobacco taste will soon be withdrawn from the market“, Explained the Secretary of Health, Alex Azar. The text will appear in "several weeks" and will come into force 30 days later.
Tobacco-flavored products can continue to be sold but will have to apply for a marketing authorization by May 2020. " We intend to bring flavored e-cigarettes out of the market in order to reverse the very worrying epidemic among young people.“Said Alex Azar. One in four American high school students vaped in 2019, compared to one in five in 2017-2018.
These devices are prohibited for sale to minors in the United States, 18 or 21 years depending on the state. San Francisco is the only big city to have banned them altogether.
At the same time, health authorities announced the upcoming ban on liquids flavored, for example with menthol, mango or strawberry, not because the flavors are considered harmful in themselves, but because they attract any a generation of young people who become addicted to nicotine, erasing years of progress against smoking.
The announcement comes as a mysterious crisis has arisen this summer in the United States. 450 people became seriously ill after vaping. Six died of acute lung disease.
In many cases, the fluids contained THC, the psychoactive substance in cannabis, but it is likely that this was one of the many additives in the fluids that damaged the lungs when vaporized and inhaled. New York State has cited vitamin E oil as a possible cause, but this is unconfirmed.
source : Rts.ch/