Trump pleases e-cigarette users by firing anti-vaping Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Supporters of electronic cigarettes have placed great hope that President Donald Trump will ease up on the anti-vaping policies of the Obama Administration. (See my interview with American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley earlier this month for details).

This weekend, vaping supporters are celebrating one step in that direction, with Trump’s firing of vaping foe Vivek Murthy, Obama’s controversial Surgeon General.

The Obama administration has long targeted e-cigarettes for restrictions, most notably with a Food and Drug Administration plan to require all vaping products on the market after 2007 to undergo a complicated and expensive approval process. Vaping advocates say this would put many smaller e-cigarette makers out of business, leaving the industry under the control of Big Tobacco.

In December 2016, Murthy released a report calling for prohibition policies against e-cigarettes similar to those used against tobacco-containing cigarettes. It reinforced critics of e-cigarettes, who say the devices provide a gateway to smoking and carry their own risks.
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