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Azar: Obama admin allowed e-cigarettes to go unregulated


MEETING MADURO?>>I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. REPORTER: MR. PRESIDENT, ABOUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY, ARE THERE CONCERNS THAT THE COMPANIES MAKING THE PRODUCTS WILL BE UNFAIRLY BY TAKING THESE PRODUCTS OFF THE MARKET?>>THEY HAVE BECOME VERY RICH COMPANIES VERY FAST AND THE WHOLE THING WITH VAPING IS — IT’S BEEN VERY PROFITABLE AND I WANT COMPANIES, LOOK, YOU KNOW THAT, I FIGHT FOR COMPANIES VERY HARD, THAT’S WHY I’M FIGHTING WITH CHINA, THAT’S WHY I’M FIGHTING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. IF YOU LOOK AT EUROPEAN UNION AND IF YOU LOOK AT JAPAN AND IF YOU LOOK AT SO MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING SOUTH KOREA, MANY OTHERS, WE’RE CONSTANTLY DEALING WITH THEM TO MAKE IT GOOD FOR OUR COMPANIES BECAUSE I VIEW IT AS JOBS. I VIEW IT AS INCOME FOR OUR COUNTRY AND JOBS. VAPING HAS BECOME A VERY BIG BUSINESS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, LIKE A GIANT BUSINESS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. BUT WE CAN’T ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET SICK AND WE CAN’T HAVE OUR YOUTH BE SO AFFECTED. I’M HEARING THAT’S HOW THE FIRST LADY GOT INVOLVED, SHE’S GOT A SON TOGETHER THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN AND SHE FEELS VERY VERY STRONGLY ABOUT IT. SHE’S SEEN IT, WE’RE BOTH READING IT, LOT OF PEOPLE ARE READING IT, BUT PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM VAPING. WE’RE LOOKING AT IT VERY CLOSELY. YOU KNOW, IF NOTHING ELSE, THIS IS A CONFERENCE THAT’S GOING TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WATCH WHAT WE’RE SAYING AND PARENTS ARE GOING TO BE A LOT TOUGHER WITH RESPECT TO THEIR CHILDREN. LOT OF PEOPLE THINK VAPING IS WONDERFUL, IT’S GREAT. IT’S REALLY NOT WONDERFUL. THAT’S ONE THING I THINK WE CAN SAY DEFINITELY, COMMISSIONER. IT’S NOT A WONDERFUL THING. IT’S GOT BIG PROBLEMS. WE HAVE TO FIND OUT THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM. IT’S SO NEW. BUT WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT. I HOPE THAT PARENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN ARE A CERTAIN AGE, I HOPE THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS, MAYBE BASED ON WHAT WE’RE SAYING TODAY. BUT THE COMMISSIONER AND ALEX AZAR WILL BE COMING BACK OVER THE NEXT SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, COUPLE OF WEEKS, WITH SOME VERY STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS. REPORTER: CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE TIMELINE IS FOR TAKING THOSE FLAVORS OFF THE MARKET?>>NO.>>IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR US TO PUT OUT THE FINAL GUIDANCE THAT WOULD ANNOUNCE ALL THE PARAMETERS AROUND THE ENFORCEMENT POLICY, THEN THERE WILL LIKELY BE ABOUT A 30-DAY DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE AS IS CUSTOMARY WITH FDA GOOD GUIDANCE PRACTICES. AT THAT POINT, ALL FLAVORED-CIGARETTES OTHER THAN TOBACCO FLAVORED WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED FROM THE MARKET. TOBACCO FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES, THEIR MANUFACTURERS WOULD BY MAY 2020 HAVE TO FILE FOR APPROVAL BY FDA OF THEIR PRODUCTS. THE OTHER FLAVORED PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS CAN AT ANY TIME ALSO FILE, BUT THEY WOULD BE OFF THE MARKET UNTIL APPROVED BY FDA. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAD ALLOWED THESE PRODUCTS TO GO ON TO THE MARKET IN AN UNREGULATED WAY BY DELAYING ANY ENFORCEMENT. IT’S A HOAX THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE USING COMBUSTIBLE TOBACCO WOULD TRANSITION TO A LESS HARMFUL FORM OF NICOTINE DELIVERY THROUGH E-CIGARETTES. WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS THE DATA SHOWS THAT KIDS ARE GETTING ACCESS TO THESE PRODUCTS IN SPITE OF OR SPITE OF OUR BEST EFFORTS AT RETAIL ENFORCEMENT, AT CONTROLLING LOCATIONS, AT OVER 8,000 WARNING LETTERS TO RETAILERS AND OTHERS, IN SPITE OF MOVING PRODUCTS OFF SHELVES, THEY HAVE BEEN GOING AT IT SO WE SIMPLY HAVE TO REMOVE THESE

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  • Neocons like Bolton and FoxNews have killed millions more than vaping, but latter doesn’t have Globalist backing like the War Mongers do.

  • Obama hates America and he hates the people in America. He didn't regulate e-cigarettes because he is all about population control. Obama is evil. Satans son.

  • We found a pack of Camel straights in our frozen peas one time & Green Giant gave Mom a coupon for a full case…(of peas, not of Camels). This was in the 60's, long before I "experimented" with tobacco or drugs…I never did try smokin' peas. If I had I may have insisted that "I did not inhale."

  • I’ll have to go over recent CDC report about vaping lung disease. Was it the flavoring or the nicotine itself? I’ve noticed friends who vape inhale very deeply, more so that cigarettes or even pot.

  • I always wondered why they were making these things look as if they were o healthy option for our young … I aint no fancy Harvard grad but im willing to bet the Democrats were brived to.make them seem that way

  • How else did you think Barry could afford a Martha's Vineyard Vacation Home costing over $15 MILLION DOLLARS!!Barry SOLD OUT America and President Trump is FIXING America!!! next we need to Deport Democrats!!!!

  • If people are cutting the tips of their fingers off with wire cutters should we regulate wire cutters? I vote that instead of regulating wire cutters we simply laugh at fingertipless morons.

  • The popcorn lung thing is scary but, these kids are dying because they are using the legal THC vapes and adding unknown substances to the viles. You can literally purchase the viles on amazon and fill them with ????

  • Leftists like America/Americans weak. Promotes the welfare state and big brother government. Trump wants a healthy and prosperous nation that can sustain itself. Leftists sell out america. We are the biggest consumers, we should set the terms and fight for what we're interested in. Why let China, a communist country, surpass us to become the world superpower? Tan suit obama

  • Once again Faux-News proves that it's a purveyor of click-bait titles – this is what Mr. Azar said in full : "… the Obama administration had allowed these products to go onto the market in an unregulated way by delaying any enforcement in the hopes that people who are using combustible tobacco would transition to a less harmful form of nicotine delivery through e-cigarettes …".
    It's the combustion products in the burning of tobacco in regular cigarettes that causes lung & oral cancer, not the nicotine itself.
    How pathetic do you have to be to twist what the man spoke to further your own sick agenda 😂
    And, let's not forget, Obama had Bin Laden killed, Trump invited the fu**ing Taliban to Camp David ! 😡

  • This is just beyond stupid….Enough ALREADY,,,, people can make decisions about their own bodies…if you can not you are owned livestock by the government….STOP IT!!!

  • Of course its Obama's fault,that all you sissy Republican snowflakes have left is to blame blame blame..pathetic but predictable

  • Well thanks Obama admin actually….conservatives don't like regulation when possible.
    I'm ganna be pissed off at Trump if everything starts costing more

  • For the 1st time in 5 Years I am Not Listening to Trump speak.
    I will not View anymore Rallies, too date I have viewed them all.
    Fed Up with your Talk Trump..
    Time to Walk the Walk
    Or this Patriot is Not Voting in 2020
    Are you Listening?

  • A real leader would have already arrested the entire DNC house of Congress on charges of sedition and treason and have them all in leg irons in gitmo…

  • PEOPLE WHO VAPE DONT ONLY VAPE … they blow fog machines ! Juul is just the most modern incarnation of what was MODDING “vapes”

  • Sorry First Lady. While I appreciate your motherly instincts towards all children, you cannot regulate such behavior. Don't we have enough on our plates with Globalists, Deep State, Human Trafficking, Abortion, Big Pharma, Opiates? This will not be a popular stance with many adult conservatives. This will hurt the Presidency, stop it! We have FAR bigger concerns. Furthermore, you are hurting many decent, law abiding small business entrepenuers! What about their legal businesses? What about those that will be put out of business while our FDA "investigates?" How many studies will covertly be bought and paid for by the Big Tobacco Industry? Crack down on illegally selling to minors, leave the current industry "AS IS" until independent and FDA has completed their studies! Picking the wrong fight at the wrong time. Very disappointed.

  • I'm sorry but I think it's personal and I believe that Baron was caught vaping! He's too adamant about this particular topic! And this is 2 out of the blue

  • So what if government is regulating and removing flavored vaping of the market? Studies do show a remarked rise in teenage vaping AND SMOKING because of flavored vapes. Removing them from the market will help with this epidemic just like 4Loco, Sudafed, epinephrine in energy drinks, cigarettes and many other things were before they were regulated.

    If you're really that hard up for flavored vape juice, just make your own.

  • Do you think a national system of regulation would be beneficial here, in terms of saving lives?

    I've heard federal officials talk about nicotine vaping but no mention of thc vaping. I think that needs to be part of the conversation, if we're having an honest discussion and solve the issue.

  • I'm glad President Trump is outlawing those horrible e-cigarettes! PLEASE, my friends , please ,understand that those kimd of smoking devices are ruining your health ! If any of you are smoking those things, STOP, and seek help immediately! I care about you! I want you to live a strong and healthy life! Forget about those things have a better life than smoking those horrible smoking devices!!! I love you all !!!🇺🇸😊❤👍🙏

  • Ever read about the 19th century Opium Wars in China? That's what Barry let happen here with the Chinese fentanyl and this. China knows how to wage drug warfare ever since Britain did it to them.

  • Obama made e-cigaretting mandatory in school's, college's and universities. And no doubt the UNYOUTH, Y8, J8 summitians found vaping and making online streaming video's, you tubing videos about smoking guns education. Did UNICEF approved under compliance with WHO?

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