Oct 10, 2019

Most Americans support a ban on flavored vaping products

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Almost three-quarters of likely 2020 voters support banning flavored vaping products, according to a new survey by Schoen Consulting, commissioned by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Why it matters: Some Republicans have warned that President Trump's proposed ban on flavors could anger vapers and risk his 2020 chances, as Axios' Alayna Treene has reported, but this survey suggests there's more political risk to inaction.

By the numbers: The administration's proposal is supported by 77% of Democrats, 74% of Republicans and 70% of independents, per the survey.

  • When asked whether it's more important to help adult smokers quit by giving them access to the vaping products of their choice or to reduce the number of kids who vape, 60% of respondents sided with the kids and 29% with adult smokers.
  • The survey included a national random sample of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, and has a margin of error of +/-3%. The data was collected from Sept. 20–27.

Go deeper: GOP allies warn vaping ban will sink Trump in 2020

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Scoop: Trump ready to ban vape flavors except tobacco, menthol

Vaping products, including flavored vape liquids and pods, at a store in Queens, N.Y. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Trump administration plans to finalize a ban on almost all flavored vaping products, with exemptions only for tobacco and menthol flavors, according to sources familiar with the plan. An announcement is expected next week.

Why it matters: Conservatives, including President Trump's 2020 campaign manager, had urged Trump to back away from such a sweeping crackdown, but sources said the president was briefed by senior health officials on the plan at a White House meeting yesterday.

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"Significant increase" in teens vaping menthol or mint flavored e-cigarettes

Juul flavors, mango, mint and fruit medley. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Middle school and high school students are vaping mint or menthol flavors almost as much as fruit-flavored e-cigarette products, a new investigation by JAMA shows.

Reality check: The Trump administration is expected to announce this week a finalized ban on almost all flavored vaping products, but it won't include tobacco and menthol flavors.

Go deeperArrowNov 5, 2019

CDC confirms 2,807 hospital cases of lung injury linked to vaping

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There are 2,807 confirmed hospital cases of lung injury associated with vaping in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Feb 18.

What's new: Because of the consistent declines in new EVALI cases since Sept. 2019, as well as the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, Tuesday's report will be the final CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally.

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