The Trump administration’s ban on flavored e-cigarette products is getting some push back for not including menthol or flavored liquids sold in adult-only vape shops. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.
Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.
A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has had a chance to put its pants on, so goes the old saying often incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill. Incomplete and confusing reporting about vape-related deaths and illnesses has been spread far and wide, by major media outlets and reporters who should know better, but it appears that the truth now has its pants on and is starting to break through. Despite the nationwide media hysteria over vape products, there remains a possibility that cooler heads might still ultimately prevail.