Trump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering voters

Associated Press/Charlie NeibergallPresident Donald Trump at a rally in Iowa.

  • President Donald Trump reportedly stalled a planned ban on flavored e-cigarettes, intended to combat a rise in teenage vaping, after hearing such a ban could alienate voters and hurt his chances of reelection.
  • The president backed off from vaping restrictions after political advisers and lobbyists warned him supporters might push back, The New York Times reported.
  • Trump tweeted last week that he would meet with vaping, medical, and state representatives to “come up with an acceptable solution to the Vaping and E-cigarette dilemma.”
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President Donald Trump reportedly stalled a planned ban on flavored e-cigarettes, meant to combat a rise in teenage vaping, after hearing such a ban could alienate voters and hurt his chances of reelection.

“We can’t have our kids be so affected,” Trump told reporters in September. “She’s got a son, we together, that is a beautiful young man and she feels very, very strongly about it,” he added, referring to his wife, Melania, and their teenager, Barron.

After political advisers and vaping-industry lobbyists warned him of potential pushback from his supporters, Trump appears to have backed off from vaping restrictions, The New York Times reported.

“Will be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry, together with medical professionals and individual state representatives, to come up with an acceptable solution to the Vaping and E-cigarette dilemma,” he tweeted last week. “Children’s health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!”

Trump’s advisers deterred him from pursuing the policies during a flight to a political rally in Kentucky this month, spurring him to scrap an announcement on the issue scheduled for the following day, The Times reported. Trump’s campaign manager and senior White House officials also reviewed a poll showing a government clampdown on vaping could cost the president in battleground states, The Times said.

More than 5 million young Americans reported smoking e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, and nearly 1 million said they smoked them daily, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey. More than 2,000 people have fallen ill with illnesses linked to vaping and more than 40 people have died, new government data shows.

Juul Labs, which has been accused of targeting teenagers with its vaping products and is under regulatory investigation, has pulled most of its flavours off the market.

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