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Report: Trump backs off push to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Posted at 6:24 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 06:24:26-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — President Trump rescinded his plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes,according to the New York Times.

That change of thought reportedly came during a flight to Kentucky to campaign for Gov. Matt Bevin back on Nov. 4.

The Times reported his advisers swayed him by warning of political repercussions to sweeping restrictions.

But a week ago the President tweeted he would meet with representatives from the vaping industry as well as state representatives.

Sen. Rand Paul weighed in at a recent Senate committee meeting. He said: "We really ought to ask the question and look at, are lives being saved from vaping? I think there are estimates that hundreds of thousands have been saved over the past 12 years from vaping instead of smoking."

The Times reported that according to a senior official, the meeting the President referred to in his tweet on Nov.11 has not been set.