Trump to meet vaping industry as he weighs new regulations

US President Donald Trump has said he's planning to raise the age limit for vaping products to 21 or so.
US President Donald Trump has said he's planning to raise the age limit for vaping products to 21 or so.PHOTO: DPA

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - US President Donald Trump said he is planning to meet representatives of the vaping industry, along with medical professionals, as the White House considers new limits on the sale of e-cigarettes.

Mr Trump called the issue a "dilemma" in a tweet on Monday (Nov 11).

"Children's health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!" he wrote.

Mr Trump has said he is planning to raise the age limit for vaping products to 21 or so. The White House is also considering banning some flavours of e-cigarettes that are likely to be used by children.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for further details on the meeting.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said last week that the Department of Health and Human Services had jurisdiction over e-cigarettes, but not vape shops - a signal that those stores may escape any new restrictions.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Ms Conway drew a line between two groups of flavours - tobacco and menthol on one side, and mint, fruit and all other flavours on the other. The latter group appeals to kids and the White House must address use by minors, she said.