President Trump and the FDA promised more than six weeks ago to ban flavored e-cigarettes in "a couple of weeks." Because of this unnecessary delay and an uptick in vaping industry lobbying against the ban, we are increasingly concerned that the administration is succumbing to pressure from the industry.
Warning signs first emerged two days after Trump’s promise of action within two weeks, when he tweeted that “I like the Vaping alternative to Cigarettes.” Adding to our alarm, the vaping industry trade group is now running ads on the President’s favorite network and television show, asking him to reverse his support for banning flavored e-cigarettes.
Many health advocates worry that Trump’s anti-vaping pledge will follow a pattern of promising to do the right thing, only to cave after industry lobbying, citing his abandonment of support for background checks on gun purchases after pressure from the NRA. It’s no surprise the vaping industry is strenuously fighting to continue to sell their deadly products designed to appeal to kids, but banning flavored e-cigarettes was the right thing to do when the president first made his promise, and it remains the right thing to do now.
We urge the administration to keep its word and ban flavored vaping products. With every day of delay, more children become addicted to these dangerous and deadly products.
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