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Vape Flavors To Be Possibly Banned in US After FDA Presents Trump with a New Plan

After hesitating on the issue for months, Donald Trump might finally make a decision about a ban on vaping flavors –mango, mint, and strawberry, etc.

A vaporizer, commonly known as a vape, is a device used to – as the name suggests-  vaporize substances for inhalation. A battery-powered vape, also called an E-cigarette, simulates the smoking by providing some aspects of smoking like the hand-to-mouth action, but without the combustion of tobacco.

Vapes usually contain a heating element that atomizes a liquid solution which is then inhaled. The liquid can be of different flavors, adding a new dimension to contemporary smoking.

According to the website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the White House received a new guidance report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on Monday, to consider a potential ban on the flavors for vapes. This is not the first time any such report has been presented to the President – last month, Trump discarded an FDA proposal having similar objectives.

Even though a decision has not to be made yet, a ban on all flavors will, most likely, enrage a large group of people who are regular users of the product. On the other hand, it will also ‘shutter stores, cost jobs and drive adults to smoke instead’.

A recent meeting at the White House hosted a debate between the proponents and the opponents of the ban who openly argues in front of the president and reporters. Following the extensive debate, Trump said that he wanted to do something for everybody – where everyone is satisfied and happy.

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In September, the 45th U.S. President met with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, to collectively announce that a ban would be imposed on all vape flavors except tobacco. The decision was favored by a large majority of people however, Trump later discarded it by saying it was a mere ‘’suggestion”.

Although there’s no definitive response to the proposal yet, Matthew Myers, chief executive officer of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said that Trump’s original decision to implement a ban on all flavors except tobacco was a key to reduce the surging problem of youth vaping. He said, “As long as flavored e-cigarettes remain available, kids will find ways to get them and this epidemic will continue to get worse”.

Director of strategic initiatives at Americans for Tax Reform, Paul Blair, however, had a different opinion and said that the ban would harm a $9 billion vaping industry and “would be the single dumbest regulatory decision of the Trump Administration”.

Problems associated with Vaping

Although, the vape is a comparatively healthy substitute for traditional cigarettes, there are certain problems linked with it.

  1. Dizziness
    A high dosage of the aerosol might lead to lightheadedness and the user may experience vertigo. If you feel dizzy, vaping should be immediately stopped until you feel better.
  1. Allergic Reaction
    Many of the different liquids used in vaping products are based on food items and might lead to an allergic reaction if consumed. Avoiding flavors linked to your allergies would be a good idea while choosing the liquid.
  2. Carcinogenic compounds
    E-cigarettes sometimes contain lead, nitrosamines, and formaldehyde which are known neurotoxins and carcinogens and hence, might lead to serious health problems if used constantly.

Mariyam Tanveer

Recently graduated from LUMS, I now work as Researcher and a Freelance Writer on Ask Health News

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