WH Presser: Trump plans to ban flavored vapes; no mention of THC or smoking

Sitting between the First Lady and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, President Trump announced today that his administration is interested in banning flavored vaping products.  “We are going to have to do something about it," he said, while describing vaping as “a new problem in the country” that needs to be addressed.

The White House press conference veered into many different directions.  Regarding vaping, Trump at first sounded almost impressed by a newly emerging industry’s ability to become so profitable in such a short amount of time.  However, he also took aim at his predecessor, President Barrack Obama, for allowing flavored vaping products on the market without proper government oversight. Mr. Trump also referenced the First Lady’s concerns which Ms. Melania made known in a September 9 tweet.

“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

Mr. Trump also referenced the recent surge in mysterious lung disorders being reported around the country and his concerns over additional reports of at least five deaths being allegedly vaping-linked.  The trouble is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have already identified the most likely source of these strange ailments as the vaping of THC-enhanced substances.

Yet nowhere in Trump’s press conference were the words THC, marijuana, or cannabis ever mentioned.  He also failed to mention anything about vaping being 95 percent less toxic than smoking…or the millions of already documented smoking-related deaths that occur around the world annually.

The President and First Lady are being fed lies and false information

The link connecting the deaths to THC is further supported by at least two state public health agencies, those of California and New York.  Yet even in the light of these newly emerging scientific studies, the grossly misinformed Secretary Azar issued the following statements during the press conference.

“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities.  We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

Clearly, the President is being fed lies and false information.  Even his former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated during a recent interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, “It doesn’t look like these are legitimately legally sold vapes that contain nicotine products that are sold by the big brands.”

Call to Action:  Flood the White House with emails and tweets; Here’s how

The time to act is NOW.  Love him or hate him, here are some things that we know about President Donald Trump.

  1. He HATES government regulations.
  2. He RESPECTS businesses that make money.
  3. He’s been a NON-SMOKER all his life.
  4. He NEVER wants to piss off his BASE.
  5. He LISTENS to Mitch McConnel and the GOP.
  6. He LOVES being controversial.
  7. He LOVES his wife Melania, who appears to be receiving bad information, as well.
  8. And HIS WIFE MELANIA means business!

The first thing that the vaping community needs to do RIGHT NOW is to tweet and send emails to President Donald Trump AND THE FIRST LADY over and over and over again!  Do it once.  Then do it twice.  And keep it up as a daily ritual.  Please send digital messages to President Trump via WhiteHouse.gov/contact.  Tell him about the THC connection and that the FDA currently DOES NOT federally regulate the cannabis industry.

Next, send President Trump AND THE FIRST LADY some tweets at @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS respectively Let’s be honest.  The man LOVES his Twitter!  Tell him that banning flavored vapes will drive millions of former smokers back into the loving arms of Big Tobacco.  Remember, the man HATES smoking. 

This may be the final nail in the coffin of the American Vapor Industry.  The time to act is NOW!

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