U.S. to boost age restrict for vaping to 21, Trump says forward of motion subsequent week

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FILE PHOTO: A person makes use of a vape machine on this illustration image, September 19, 2019. Information/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photograph

WASHINGTON (Information) – The USA plans to boost the age restrict for vaping to 21, U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Friday, including that his administration would situation its ultimate report on such merchandise subsequent week.

Trump, talking to reporters on the White Home, didn’t give additional particulars in regards to the administration’s regulatory plans or give a particular date for any bulletins.

U.S. well being officers have been sounding the alarm amid a nationwide outbreak of serous lung sicknesses linked to vaping, and have raised considerations about using digital smoking gadgets, significantly amongst youth.

Trump referred to as on the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies and the Meals and Drug Administration to review the difficulty in September, and mentioned regulators deliberate to ban all flavored e-cigarettes.

Congress can be investigating the trade. Moreover, varied U.S. states and localities have cracked down on the merchandise, which have additionally confronted quite a few lawsuits.

“Now we have to handle our children most significantly so we’re going to have an age restrict of 21 or so,” Trump mentioned.

Nonetheless, he acknowledged the pursuits of the vaping trade and mentioned the administration was additionally weighing the impression of any motion on jobs.

“We’re speaking in regards to the age, had been speaking about flavors we’re additionally speaking about protecting folks working,” he advised reporters.

Using flavors equivalent to mint and fruit to make vaping extra interesting has additionally confronted criticism from public well being advocates and others. On Thursday, e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc mentioned it will instantly halt U.S. gross sales of its mint-flavored nicotine cartridges.

Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Susan Heavey; Enhancing by Alison Williams and Jonathan Oatis