The Trump Administration is planning to clear out few common e-cigarette flavours, which will include mint and fruit to stop the teenagers from using vaping products. However, e-cigarette flavours such as menthol and tobacco will stay in market. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that vaping companies will have 30 days to stop manufacturing, distributing, and selling these flavoured e-cigarettes after the policy is published in early February 2020.
Few of the members from public health department have criticized this ban as not being far enough to curb the usage of e-cigarettes. They believe that the tobacco industry will still try to attract the teenagers as tobacco e-cigarettes was not in the list of banned vaping flavours.
Vaping and usage of e-cigarettes has been rising and is tuning into a rapid epidemic, as it can be highly addictive. Public health advocates stated that ban on specific flavour will not help as they expect teenagers will simply switch to non-banned flavours such as menthol and tobacco rather than completely stop using vaping products. Menthol is similar a derivative to mint and is almost as similar to mint flavour.
Moreover, all the companies who wish to manufacture e-cigarettes are supposed to submit an application to the FDA. After mid May, the FDA will issue enforcement against companies manufacturing or selling e-cigarette products without authorization. Till date there are no vaping products authorized by the FDA.