President Trump has allegedly backed away from earlier plans to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes after advisers convinced him that the political repercussions of such a policy would be too steep.
Trump had originally proposed the e-cigarette policy in September, citing the reported danger that flavored electronic cigarettes pose to young children. A press conference was expected on November 5 announcing the ban. Juul, the largest retailer of e-cigarettes in the United Sates, had even pulled many of its flavored products in anticipation of the Trump administration’s injunction.
Yet the press conference never materialized, and on November 11 Trump said he would be “meeting with representatives of the vaping industry” — along with state representatives and medical professionals — to develop a new plan to combat vaping among minors.
Trump has allegedly been concerned about the effects of any e-cigarette regulation in battleground states going into the 2020 election.