Reports the Trump administration is backing off a promise to crack down on teen vaping may spur Congress to act on the issue instead.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate say they’re worried President
“It’s unacceptable that President Trump is putting politics over public health by breaking his promise to ban flavored e-cigarettes,” Sen.
Kaine is pushing his legislation (
House Energy and Commerce Chairman
“I’m concerned they’ll backtrack on some of the things they said they’d do,” Pallone said. “We want to go further than that anyway.”
In response to reports that teen vaping has risen dramatically in recent years, Trump promised to ban certain flavored e-cigarette products and has floated the idea of raising the age to buy vaping products to 21.
The companies that make e-cigarettes say they’re supposed to be tools that adult smokers can use to quit using traditional tobacco cigarettes. However the products are popular among teenagers and lawmakers accuse some major players in the industry, such as Juul Labs Inc., of targeting teenagers in their marketing, particularly for flavored vape products.
Further complicating the matter is a lung illness that’s been found in more than 2,000 people in the U.S. connected to e-cigarettes.
However, in recent weeks the administration has signaled it’s backing off some of those ideas and delayed action.
The Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up a bill (
The bill has been criticized by House Republicans who say it goes too far, and some Democrats from states home to big tobacco companies who don’t want to ban menthol cigarettes.
Senate leaders like Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman
“The strong promises made by the President and his Administration to address the youth vaping epidemic were incredibly encouraging,” Krishnamoorthi wrote. “Now, however, the delay in finalizing the Administration’s compliance policy raises deep concerns.”