Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year.

That has come even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and President Donald Trump promises federal ones.

The industry and its lobbyists urged lawmakers, at least, to leave the popular mint and menthol flavors alone.

But public health experts say that all flavors should be banned.

The proposal Trump outlined Wednesday would supersede any state inaction and includes a ban on mint and menthol.

Industry giant Juul Labs Inc. now says “we will fully comply with the final FDA policy when effective.”

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