Report: Trump backs off proposal to ban flavored e-cigs

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November 18, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump has aparently backed off a proposal to ban flavored e cigarettes, according to a report in the New York Times.

Apparently, Trump changed course over concern about a public backlash and pressure from lobbyists, according to the report.

In September, Trump indicted he would push for a ban saying that he and the First Lady felt strongly about it.

However, while traveling to a political rally in Kentucky on Nov. 4, Trump was swayed by the advisers who warned him of political repercussions to any sweeping restrictions, according to the Times

The reversal is similar to what happened after the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas when Trump said he wanted to pass "very meaningful background checks" for gun purchases but then the whole thing was dropped following warnings from gun rights advocates.

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making New York the first to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Meanwhile, California is suing the nation's biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging Juul labs deliberately targeted teenagers with its early marketing campaigns. 

The lawsuit filed monday by california's attorney general is the latest legal action against Juul. The company faces multiple state and federal investigations into whether its early marketing efforts helped spark the current vaping craze among underage users.

Juul disputes allegations that it marketed to teens. The company points out that it has halted its advertising and removed most of its flavors from the market.

North Carolina filed the first lawsuit against the company in May.

The lawsuit from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also alleges that Juul's website did not previously adequately verify customers' ages.

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