Statement by Patrice A. Harris M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association
"The Administration's new policy to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic by limiting flavors in some vaping products is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough. The AMA is disappointed that menthol flavors - one of the most popular - will still be allowed, and that flavored e-liquids will remain on the market, leaving young people with easy access to alternative flavored e-cigarette products. E-cigarette use among young people continues to spike, creating another generation at risk of nicotine dependence who will face significant health problems as a result. If we are serious about tackling this epidemic and keeping these harmful products out of the hands of young people, a total ban on all flavored e-cigarettes - in all forms and at all locations - is prudent and urgently needed. We are pleased the Administration committed today to closely monitoring the situation and trends in e-cigarette use among young people, and to taking further action if needed."