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In a move that has been controversial, especially among people who believe in limited government, the Trump administration has finalized its ban on flavored vaping products with some exceptions.
According to The Hill:
The Trump administration is banning certain flavors of cartridge-based e-cigarettes but is stopping short of eliminating all types of vaping products.
Under the policy unveiled Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the administration will strip the market of every pod-based flavor except for tobacco and menthol. Pod-based products, like those manufactured by Juul and NJOY, are the most popular with teens.
Open tank systems, which are commonly found in vaping shops and not as popular with young people, will be exempt from the policy.
According to FDA, companies that do not stop the manufacturing, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.
The move is meant to combat the youth vaping issue but is seen as simply taking options away from adults who want to quit the far more dangerous alternative, cigarettes.