Juul ceases sales of mint-flavored pods

Trump wants to raise minimum age for vaping to 21

However, no details have yet been released, leading vaping opponents to worry that the administration is backing away from its original plan.

The federal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products is 18, but 18 states and the District of Columbia have set their minimum age at 21. But more than a third of USA states have already raised their sales age to 21.

Last month, more than 50 health and advocacy groups sent letters to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and first lady Melania Trump, urging the Trump administration to support a plan that would require e-cigarette companies to take all flavored products off the market, including mint and menthol. The company is also being sued by adults and underage Juul users who claim they became addicted to nicotine through the company's products. "We have a lot of people to look at, including jobs, quite frankly", Trump said, reports ABC News.

Juul has already halted sales of its mango, creme, and cucumber flavors. The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint. With mint dropped from its offerings, Juul now only offers tobacco and menthol flavors.

The U.S. Health and Human Services announced on September 11 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would finalize a policy in the coming weeks that would clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, almost 1 million adolescencents used e-cigarette products daily, with a majority favoring ones made by Juul.


The researchers wrote, "The current findings raise uncertainty whether regulations or sales suspensions that exempt mint flavors are optimal strategies for reducing youth e-cigarette use".

Congress is also investigating the industry.

The logic for hiking the purchase age for cigarettes and other products is clear: most underage teens who use e-cigarettes or tobacco get it from older friends. "So we are going to have an age limit of 21 or so".

Representatives for those groups immediately criticized Juul for not also pulling its menthol flavor.

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