We applaud President Trump for responding with common-sense actions to stem the tide of the youth vaping epidemic. Raising the tobacco age to 21 and instituting new enforcement policies against the manufacture, distribution and sale of flavored nicotine e-cigarette cartridges are essential steps. With these actions, the Trump administration sends an unequivocal message against the dangers of teen drug use and addiction. Unfortunately, this crisis has also exposed the aggressive tactics of a bigger enemy, the tobacco/marijuana industry that is now intertwined and deliberately deflecting the dangers of THC vaping and marijuana use. Those promoting marijuana legalization while criticizing the President for not going far enough on e-cigarettes are part of the playbook. If they cared about the effects of youth vaping in our culture, they would stand against efforts to legitimize and normalize marijuana use. Sending mixed messages to our youth will only intensify the crisis.
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