NEW YORK – Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) says a Trump Administration plan to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes has too many loopholes and won’t do enough to keep kids from getting hooked.
Schumer argues companies can reintroduce their kid-friendly flavors to the market with sign-off from the Food and Drug Administration.
“The administration’s general lean to favor industry over consumers, there’s a legitimate fear, a real fear, that this ban my not be a ban at all,” said Schumer.
Last week, a lawmaker in Chautauqua County announced he will be pushing a motion that supports a permanent ban on the sale and distribution of flavored e-cigarettes.
The motion just days after New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Although, the emergency regulation will expire in 90 days unless it’s renewed.
The Trump Administration plan comes amid an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses among children.
Nationwide, health officials are investigating hundreds of cases of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.