President Donald Trump, right, listens as Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, third from left, speaks as they participate in a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. | Susan Walsh, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney pushed for a ban on flavored vaping products in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday.

The Utah Republican joined tobacco industry advocates, public health officials and doctors at the White House in a meeting Trump called after pulling back from plans announced in September to remove nontobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

“Everyone agrees that this is a serious problem, but it’s clear there are differing views about the best way to develop responsible guidelines to protect our kids,” Romney said.

Trump listened and sought opinions but did not indicate what he would do regarding a flavor ban, he said.

“This was an opportunity to get input from various people,” Romney said. “It was not a decision-making group.”

Friday marked two days in a row that Romney has sat down with Trump.

The president, who has been courting the support of GOP senators since the impeachment inquiry began, invited Romney and other Republican senators to lunch on Thursday. After Trump made some initial comments about the impeachment process, the discussion turned to other issues, including e-cigarettes. Trump invited the senators to Friday’s meeting on vaping, and Romney took him up on it.

Those attending the meeting expressed various viewpoints, including removing flavored nicotine products that appeal to youth, ensuring adults maintain access to the nicotine flavors they want, increasing age restrictions, protecting small businesses, federalism, the need for stricter enforcement, and advertising limitations and education, according to the White House.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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