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Trump vape ban looking imminent THIS WEEK. Is it too late to stop it?

President Donald Trump first announced his intentions to impose a nationwide ban on flavored e-liquid products on September 11 in a White House press conference.  In recent weeks, the president’s campaign manager Brad Parscale has floated rumors that the administration may exempt menthol and tobacco flavors as a sort of middle ground compromise.  Apparently, the polls suggest that a significant portion of the vaping community are also Trump supporters, and most are not happy with the president’s decision.

Axios reported late Friday that an announcement about the flavor ban could occur as early as this week.  Even though several members of Trump’s inner circle are warning against such a move, the First Lady is an aggressive opponent of vapor products in general, seemingly because she is still under the misconception that nicotine-based flavors are the leading cause of several recent “vaping-related” deaths occurring across the country this summer. 

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The FDA and the CDC publicly acknowledge that Black Market, THC-containing cartridges are largely, if not exclusively, to blame for the outbreak of mysterious lung injuries.  If the flavor ban goes into effect this week, it would appear as if Ms. Melania has not received this important information, nor has Donald Trump. 

Even though senior administration officials are telling the press that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would enact the vaping ban this week, White House insiders also caution that Trump could always change his mind at the very last minute.  As of Friday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has declined to issue an official comment on Trump’s current views on the matter.   

Trump Picks new FDA Chief

On the very same day as the Axios report, the Associate Press also announced that President Trump has finally selected a new head of the FDA.  Cancer Specialist Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, is now nominated to the post, but he must also be confirmed by the Senate to secure the position permanently.  Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb departed the agency several months ago, and Ned Sharpless has been filling in as the Acting Commissioner since his departure. 

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The selection of Hahn is noteworthy.  It could spell the imminent doom of the American vaping community because, in the past, many newly appointed Trump employees typically try very hard to keep the boss happy at all costs.  On the other hand, Trump hates federal regulation of any kind and may not be technically “happy” about a flavor ban even though Melania is a staunch anti-vaping supporter.  Could the appointment of Hahn to the FDA be a clever way for Trump to procrastinate or slow things down? 

How to contact the White House in opposition of the Trump flavor ban

It’s not too late for vaping advocates of all walks of life to get involved.  There are several ways in which a typical vaper can contact the Trump Administration to express their outrage.  They can call the White House directly at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414.  They can send Donald Trump a tweet at @realDonaldTrump.  And they can even send an old-fashioned email via WhiteHouse.gov/contact.  The important thing is to get involved, perhaps even multiple times throughout the week. 

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