There has been an outcry to push for stricter regulations on e-cigarettes due to multiple deaths attributed to vaping. President Trump was initially supportive of these regulations, even willing to ban flavored products, but new reports show that those talks may be stalled.
The Washington Post reports that Trump neglected to sign a “decision memo” that would have let the FDA and the Department of Health and Human services ban non-tobacco flavored vape products.
According to a source inside the White House, Trump is worried the ban will cost people jobs which will, in turn, cost him voters in the next election. A senior official claims that Trump doesn’t “know much about the issue” and that he was only “doing it for Melania and Ivanka.”
A New York Times pieces explains “allies working for the vaping industry have told Mr. Trump of battleground state polling of his own voters that showed the issue costing him support.” One poll by a Trump campaign pollster for the Vapor Technology Association “which surveyed battleground state voters who vape, showed negative results for Mr. Trump if he went ahead with a ban, and was passed around to a number of people in Mr. Trump’s circle.”
Back in September, Trump held a press conference where he discussed the vape ban and Melania’s concerns:
“Vaping has become a very big business as I understand it. But we can’t allow people to get sick and we can’t have our youth be so affected. That’s how the First Lady got involved. She’s got a son.”
Melania’s son aside, there have been at least 33 deaths attributed to vaping so far, and the CDC has warned of the dangerous effects e-cigarettes can have on the lungs.
Flavored vapes have already been banned in Michigan.