Schumer pushes for flavored vape ban as Trump backtracks

Senator wants federal ban on flavored vape products

Mike Baggerman
November 18, 2019 - 3:18 pm
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DEPEW, N.Y. (WBEN) - Senator Chuck Schumer is renewing a push for a federal ban of flavored e-cigarettes due to its marketing towards children.

The latest push to ban flavored vape products came Monday at Depew High School, with the senator claiming that it is a national problem.

"These companies that make the e-cigs aim them not just at high school kids but at kids even younger," Schumer said. "(They do it) by launching all kinds of flavors that are not aimed at 50 year olds. They're aimed at 15 year olds and lower."

Schumer said 11 percent of kids used e-cigarettes in 2017, with 21 percent of kids using vape products last year.

In addition to the ban on flavored vape products, Schumer would also like to see a national awareness campaign to prevent young people from vaping in the first place.

Schumer spoke just hours after President Donald Trump reportedly began backing away from the idea of banning flavored e-cigarettes. The White House announced a proposed ban in September though he back tracked out of concerns that it would alienate voters he needs for re-election who would be impacted by the ban.

"Please try to stop them," Schumer said. "...I am urging the president to not listen to these advisors who say leave it alone but to ban the kid-friendly favors and advertising aimed at kids."

The senator said he hopes politics isn't coming first.

Many vaping advocates in Western New York have lobbied to stop New York State from passing an e-cigarette ban. They argue that vaping has helped curb cigarette smoking and that the reported deaths as a result of vaping is due to tainted products. Schumer said the flavor ban is not aimed at adults and that there should be an emphasis on protecting the health of children.

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