WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 18, 2019 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today in response to reports that the Trump administration may fall well short of “clearing the market” of flavored e-cigarettes, as the administration said it would do in September:

 “We are deeply troubled by reports that politics may be interfering with policy that would protect children from the dangers of e-cigarettes,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “We remain hopeful the Trump administration will listen to the concerns expressed by the First Lady and millions of parents and move forward with plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market.”

 Brown and the chief executives of other national public health organizations authored a column published this morning in STAT News, saying optimism regarding the Trump administration’s pending action on flavored e-cigarettes has turned to “alarm.” They added they are “deeply troubled by signals that the administration will fall well short of taking the bold action necessary to end this nationwide epidemic.” They urged him to “stand with an overwhelming majority of the public that supports protecting kids from a patently addictive and harmful product” by removing all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market.”

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