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WASHINGTON (Jan 03, 2020) -
American College of Cardiology President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to ban fruit and mint flavored vaping products:
"The decision by the Trump Administration to ban the sale of fruit and mint flavored vaping products is a good first step in the fight to reduce e-cigarette use, especially given recent studies suggesting mint is one of the most popular flavors among teens. However, tobacco and menthol flavors are still left out of the ban on flavored e-cigarettes.
"The American College of Cardiology strongly supports the additional removal of menthol flavored products from the market—as initially proposed by the Administration—given its similarity to mint flavors. As the policy only affects pod products, thousands of kid-friendly e-liquids will continue to be widely available which in turn would not stop the youth e-cigarette epidemic. With new and ongoing research suggesting very real impacts on heart and lung health, it is imperative that we do everything we can to slow and reverse the rising trend in youth vaping and e-cigarette use."
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.