President Donald Trump has announced the federal government is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes (other than tobacco flavors) until products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Guidance is expected from the FDA in coming weeks.
E-cigarettes have come under increased scrutiny due to a cluster of cases of serious lung disease. As of September 11, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 530 cases of lung illness associated with e-cigarette use in 38 states and one territory. CDC has also confirmed seven deaths in six states from illness associated with e-cigarette use.
With federal regulations forthcoming, the battle over e-cigarette use continues in the states. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to reduce youth vaping by banning illegal and counterfeit vaping products. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered a six month ban on flavored e-cigarettes, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed for a similar ban on flavored products. Other states are considering special legislative sessions to address concerns over e-cigarettes. NACDD will continue to monitor developments at the federal and state level.