Baton Rouge, LA-(NBC 33/Fox 44) After months of protest and heated debate, the Trump administration’s ban on fruity flavored e-cigarettes is now in effect. You might think that would mean big changes for those who sell vape products. But many say they’re actually breathing a sigh of relief.
“They’re kinda giving the industry uh a break, you know”, says Creed Walters, of LA Vape and Beyond in Baton Rouge, “which is kinda nice because there are so many of us.”
Thousands of workers across the country had worried the flavor ban would apply to all vape systems, something that was being considered. But the new restrictions only apply to closed pod systems. That’s because they tend to be small, easy to hide, and they’re the ones teenagers across the country have been getting caught with in school most often.
Many consider the limited ban a “win-win” because it leaves plenty of options for adults who are trying to quit smoking, while protecting our country’s youngest citizens. Still, some health advocates aren’t convinced.
Erica Sward with the American Lung Association says of the limited ban,
“It’s very troubling.” And went on to say “The only thing this compromise is making is of our children’s health.”