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.