WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session on youth vaping of electronic cigarette on November 22, 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump met with business and concern group leaders to discuss on how to regulate vaping products and keep youth away from them.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Public health advocate speaks after Trump's tense meeting
07:38 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

The White House held a contentious, wide-ranging meeting on Friday to examine increases in youth vaping and the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries currently sweeping the United States.

President Donald Trump served as moderator, listening as both medical professionals, parents’ groups and industry experts, including anti-tobacco and vaping activists, debated whether flavored e-cigarettes should be removed from the market.

Trump kept his arms crossed and watched attentively as representatives from both medicine and industry argued across the table about the idea of banning flavored vaping products.

Raising the vaping age to 21

Friday’s meeting comes as the administration is working on a policy that could impact the sale of flavored vaping products. Suspicions that it might back down from an earlier announcement that the policy would require the removal of all vaping flavors from the market, however, has drawn sharp criticism from multiple health and advocacy groups.