Public Health Organization's View: We agree with Trump in September
Health organizations told Trump that they support a ban on e-cigarette flavors that he promised in September.
Harold Weimer, chairman and CEO of the American Lung Cancer Association, said that our position is very consistent with your proposal on September 11.
Others have urged a ban on all flavors, including mint and menthol, and they believe that if these flavors continue to be marketed, teens will be attracted to these flavors.
Meredith Berkman, a parent who opposes e-cigarettes (PAVe), insists that millions of teenagers are obsessed with nicotine because they smoke e-cigarettes, and that only a ban on all tastes can solve the problem.
Myers, chairman of the Tobacco Free Children's Organization, agreed, and leaders of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agreed.
Trump came to you with an idea. Now you all agree with my ban on flavored electronic cigarettes in September, but my position has changed now. How can you agree?
At Friday's meeting, Trump could have asked most people sitting at a table in a cabinet meeting room to explain their solution.
You all agree with the ban, but have you come up with more solutions? But don't bother to bury it, the president will carry it in the end.
Myers said in an interview with the media after the meeting that we will not be able to do any other work unless the flavored e-cigarettes are removed. We have already seen that 97% of all children using e-cigarettes use flavoring products. 70% of them said that they used the product because of taste.
It can be seen that preventing teens from using flavored electronic cigarettes is a basic goal of health organizations.
1. What did Trump say?
What Trump said is crucial.
Although Trump and a White House spokesman said, you don't want to draw any conclusions from my tone. But we can still do some analysis based on his questions and topics of interest.
Trump did not point out the government's inclination at the meeting. He said we want to take care of our children.
Trump reiterated his support for raising the minimum age to buy e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21, a move that has the support of Juul and other tobacco companies.
This is a clear consensus reached by the participants.
Trump also asked about the benefits of using e-cigarettes for adults and how to regulate e-cigarettes.
Representatives of the e-cigarette industry oppose the ban on flavoring e-cigarettes. They believe that the e-cigarette ban will not work.
Trump seems sympathetic to this argument, as he hinted that the move could lead to the formation of flavored e-cigarettes on the black market.
Trump said that if you don't give them, then they will come here illegally, and a black market will emerge to fill the vacuum.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump's original words were:
「If you don’t give it to them, it is going to come here illegally.」
「making something that’s safe, they are going to be selling stuff on a street corner that could be horrible. That’s the one problem I can’t seem to forget.」
「Now instead of having a flavor that’s at least safe, they are going to be having a flavor that’s poison.」
The Wall Street Journal reads this as: Trump Warns of Dangers in Banning Vape Flavors, which translates to
Trump's warning that banning flavored electronic cigarettes is dangerous.
The Hill's report shows that Trump is delaying a long-delayed proposal due to concerns about the danger of unemployment among e-cigarette workers and the danger of counterfeit e-cigarette products entering the market.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Trump warned that banning flavored e-cigarettes could lead to rampant black market products.
CNN reports that at a meeting Friday, Trump inquired about state practices and questioned whether the national smoking ban would be reminiscent of the US ban on alcohol in 1920.
The United States prohibition order came into effect in 1920. According to this law, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, or even transport beverages with an alcohol content of more than 0.5%. It is not illegal to drink at home, but it is against the law to drink with friends or hold a banquet. You can be fined up to $ 1,000 and imprisoned for half a year. People over 21 years of age can buy alcohol and need to show proof of age, and can only buy it in limited places.
After the prohibition came into effect, there were no legal liquors sold in the market. The secret tavern replaced the legal tavern. The smuggling of wine has benefited a lot, and it has become increasingly rampant. Various criminal activities have continued to emerge.
Ten years after the US ban was promulgated, many Americans have begun calling for lifting the ban. Until February 1933, the U.S. Congress passed the twenty-first constitutional amendment to remove the eighth amendment to the prohibition of alcohol. The following year, with Utah signing the bill as the thirty-sixth state, the nation ’s nationwide ban on alcohol was dead.
Trump also asked about the benefits of using e-cigarette products to help quit smoking.
The e-cigarette industry representative certainly said that it can help adults transition to harm-reducing e-cigarette products and gradually quit smoking, but some people shouted, where is the evidence?
Hazard spoke of the withdrawal of the ban later in the meeting.
He said that there have been many statements about e-cigarettes and harm reduction equipment. No evidence was provided to the FDA about this fact, and any manufacturer making this request would be opposed.
He concluded by saying that attendees at the conference must wait to see if the government will issue some type of policy, especially as e-cigarettes among young people and e-cigarette-related lung damage continue to erupt.
Concluding remarks: what the White House e-cigarette meeting achieved
This is a serious meeting from the previous war to the front. We believe that the convening of the White House e-cigarette meeting has actually meant the loosening of the ban on flavoring e-cigarettes. This meeting is more like a consultation meeting among the parties .
The parties reached the goal of raising the age of purchasing e-cigarettes to 21, and all parties agreed. Other than that, there is no consensus.
But this meeting is indeed significant. We analyze at least the following points:
1. From the perspective of the White House, the meeting was convened, and the views of all parties were fully stated. The government collected the views of all parties, which helped the White House to get the voice of the first scene. Amended. In addition, the conference fully invited all parties to pave the way for the introduction of future policies. It was not a White House speech. You see, we have discussed it before.
2. From the perspective of public health organizations and health organizations, this meeting is a rare opportunity to persuade the president to continue flavoring e-cigarettes. Trump's withdrawal of the ban has made them pessimistic. However, the disadvantage is that they are not fully prepared. Anyway, no matter what the e-cigarette industry says, they all say that young people are using flavoring products. When the e-cigarette industry representatives proposed more regulatory measures to replace the ban, they again remain silent. Obviously, the use of electronic cigarettes by minors is a problem, but the choices of adults are ignored by them.
3. From the perspective of the e-cigarette industry, this is a good opportunity to show its influence. According to the speeches and preparations of the above e-cigarette representatives and industry representatives, it is indeed very sufficient. After all, this is related to the fate of the entire industry and the output value of tens of billions of dollars. They did prepare seriously, and also prepared solutions, which are typical of "kill and bury."
4. Time will prove everything. Vaping360's article states that at least today, small players of e-cigarettes are sitting with big men, and they have also shown their ability and competitiveness, which is worthy of praise.