Trump rethinks ban on flavored vaping products

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Opinion

November 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Until recently, President Donald Trump was, rightly, championing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, products clearly meant to pull kids into vaping. But as seems to so often happen when Trump is on the verge of doing something right — whether on gun control, health care, infrastructure or other issues — he’s had second thoughts. He now reportedly opposes the vaping ban for fear it will anger his base, thus trading off kids’ health for votes next year.

While vaping apparently doesn’t pose the cancer risks that cigarettes do, it delivers highly addictive nicotine, which can cause hypertension. Other health effects aren’t yet fully understood, including a mysterious lung ailment that has caused dozens of deaths.

Nonetheless, the industry has aggressively lured young new customers with vaping products in flavors like melon, “Gummi Bear” and cotton candy — flavors clearly intended to appeal to kids.

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