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Administration Announces Vaping Flavors Ban, But With Exceptions

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The administration announced yesterday (January 2nd) that it will ban fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors for e-cigarettes, which are popular with teens who vape. However, menthol is being allowed to remain, as is regular tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes. The flavor ban also exempts large, tank-based vaping devices, which are mostly sold in vape shops whose customers are adult smokers. The two exemptions are a pullback from President Trump's original plan announced four months ago that would have banned all flavors, including menthol, for all types of e-cigarettes. That is a reprieve for the vaping industry and for vape shop owners who sell the tank-based systems, but anti-tobacco advocates charged the administration caved to industry pressure by allowing the exemptions. Trump told reporters on Tuesday, two days before the new policy was announced, "We have to protect our families. At the same time, it’s a big industry. We want to protect the industry."

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