Federal health officials are expected to soon release plans for removing most vaping flavours from the market.
"The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other information sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak", the CDC said on Thursday. Vaping advocates have argued they're a tool for adults smokers to quit combustible cigarettes, and vape shop owners have argued that limits on sales of flavors would destroy their businesses.
President Trump said on Friday that a final decision on vaping products will be issued next week.
Now the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product under federal law is 18.
Trump resisted any specifics on the scope of the restrictions.
In April, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people younger than 21. Multiple lawmakers have filed federal bills, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
USA health officials have been sounding the alarm amid a nationwide outbreak of serous lung illnesses linked to vaping, and have raised concerns about the use of electronic smoking devices, particularly among youth. It has also stopped advertising in the United States.
In one study published Tuesday in JAMA, CDC and FDA researchers analyzed data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) to estimate how frequently USA middle and high school students use e-cigarettes and which e-cigarettes they use.
As reported by CNBC, studies by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that more than half of the teenagers that vaped used Juul, with mint being the most popular flavor among high school kids.
Vaping-related illnesses have also increased.
Research published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA found that in 2019, 27.5% of high school students and 10.5% of middle school students now use e-cigarettes. It is unclear if the policy would ban sales of mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, but FDA in September noted a growing number of adolescents are using menthol- or mint-flavored e-cigarettes.