Health Editor’s Note: Why would there be a place for those who profit from sales of e-cigarettes and vaping at the table to discuss the teen vaping epidemic? What does “high standards” of the product that is harming have to do with successfully implementing a ban on e-cigarettes for minors policy? …..Carol
White House Vaping Meeting: Many Opinions, Few Answers
by Joyce Frieden/News Editor/MedPage Today
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s White House meeting with various interest groups to discuss the teen vaping epidemic yielded lots of contradictory opinions but few conclusions.
“We want to take care of our kids; we’ve got to take care of our kids,” Trump said Friday before the press corps left the room where the meeting was being held.
Several healthcare groups represented at the meeting urged the president to keep that commitment. “We’re totally aligned with and supportive of the position you took on September 11,” said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
“The children are counting on us,” added Sally Goza, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
A flavor ban also got support from a non-medical corner. “We have half a million members, many of whom are moms, and they’re very concerned,” said Penny Young Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, a conservative Christian group that tries to bring Biblical principles into all areas of public policy. “We very much support what you put forward in September.”
Scott Eley, president of the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association, which advocates for self-regulation and standard-setting among e-cigarette makers, spoke of the need to maintain high standards in the industry. Trump seemed to agree. “If you don’t have high standards, you can have very dangerous things happen — that’s what’s been happening, right?” he said. “Where people are using devices and other things that are not good.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) also attended the meeting, noting that he and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have co-sponsored legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes “so we don’t have kids getting hooked on nicotine products,” Romney said. “We also insist that cartridges are tamper-proof so kids can’t add contaminants to the cartridges.”