President Trump Announces Ban on Flavored E- Cigarettes CSPAN September 11, 2019 7:33pm-8:02pm EDT
thank you very much. i just want to say that the first lady and myself, we just came back from an incredible experience at the pentagon and really a beautiful ceremony. i was very honored and i think i can definitely speak for the first lady to have partaken in the ceremony that was so lovely representing september 11. 3000 lives and if you think about it , it got a lot higher than that in directly. it was a tremendous job everyone did letting the world know that we are ready for anything if we have to be. i
know a lot of you were there and i appreciate you being there very much. we have a problem in our country. it's a problem of nobody really thought about too much a few years ago and it's called vaping , especially as it pertains to innocent children. and, they are coming home saying mom i want to vape and the parents didn't know too much about it and nobody knows too much about it but they do know it's causing a lot of problems. we are going to have to do something about it. one of the reasons we are meeting today is to let you know that it's out there and we want to have parents understand that we are studying it very carefully. it is again very new and potentially very bad. there have been deaths and a lot of other problems. people think it's an easy
solution but it turns out it has its own difficulties. so i'm going to ask secretary a czar to say a few words and if i could, i think director of the fda sharpless. you been doing a fantastic job. i want to thank you . i want to discuss the situation because not only is it a problem overall but very specifically with respect to children, we are getting stories that we don't want to hear and may very well have to do something about it. if i could ask you secretary to say a few words? >> we briefed the president and the first lady today on as yet undisclosed new data that we have from the national youth tobacco survey.
this information shows a continued surging and adolescent usage of e-cigarette and shows that the youth are drawn to flavored e-cigarette including meant and mental. currently about 8 million adults use e-cigarette's but 5 million children are using the cigarettes. this is exceptionally harmful to our children. an entire generation risk becoming addict it to nicotine because of the attractiveness, appealability and availability of these vaping products. with the president's support, the food and drug administration intends to finalize a guidance document that would commence enforcement to require that all flavors
other than tobacco flavor be removed from the market. this would include meant and mental flavoring as well as candy flavors, bubblegum flavor, fruit flavor, alcohol flavor, you get the drift. once the fda finalizes this guidance we will begin actions to remove all such products from the marketplace. we would allow tobacco flavoring to remain subject to their filing, the manufacturers of the tobacco flavored e- cigarette products filing for free market tobacco approval with the fda to assure that the availability of the product is consistent with public health under the standards set either tobacco control act. any other product to be removed from the market would be able to apply to the similar
regulatory pathway but would have to meet that standard. i would caution while we would allow tobacco flavored e- cigarette's to remain on the market, to be available for adults seeking to stop the use of combustible tobacco. if we find children are being attracted to tobacco flavored cigarettes, if we find that manufacturers are marketing tobacco flavored cigarettes to children or placing them in settings where they get them, we will take enforcement action they are also. let me turn it over to dr. ned sharp of the fda for details and comments he would have. >> the data gathered by the cdc and fda as described shows a very concerning alarming trend of use of flavored cigarette products. the president is directing the fda to take decisive action
against this problem and finalize plans that we have been working on. >> severely curtailing access to e-cigarette products we believe drive childhood use and will help us get a handle on this alarming and concerning trend. >> commissioner sharpless has been working on this very hard but continues to double and triple up. we are looking at strong regulations but we want to get to the bottom of the situation. it has become so big so fast. commissioner, you know what to do. it is something that frankly should have been the into a few years ago in a much more advanced way.
it wasn't, and we have something that will be very interesting to see what turns up and you will be able to report back in the near future. thank you very much. any questions? >>-- is still a possibility. >> with regard to mr. bolton, what led you to decide to part ways? >> john is somebody that i got along with very well. he made some very big mistakes. when he talked about the libyan model for kim jong un that was not a good statement. that was not a good statement to make and sent us back and
frankly he wanted to do things not necessarily tougher, he's so tough you got us into iraq. that's tough. he is somebody that i actually had a very good relationship with but wasn't getting along with people in the administration that i consider very important and i hope we left in good stead. maybe we have, maybe we haven't. we have to run the country the way we are running the country and are respected all over the world again. respected like we haven't been respected in many many years. they all want to talk. they are doing very well with china and you probably saw the numbers that have come out and some of them coming up just today. the supply chain is breaking up, the supply chain of china
which was this unbreakable powerful tool that they had is breaking up like a toy because companies are moving out and-- wants to make a deal. we have to make the right deal for this country. john has taken out hundreds of billions of dollars a year out of our country. i read papers like the wall street journal, they don't have a clue. they don't make any excuses for the fact that china has been literally ripping off the united states in the worst manner for so many years. $500 billion $500 billion pouring out of the united states. do these people have education on anything? it's common sense maybe more than anything else. i look at some statements that are made from so many different people. he wasn't in line with what we were doing and in some cases he
thought it was too tough what we were doing. just a tough guy. going into iraq was something he felt very strongly about. we are over $7 trillion into the middle east, he was very out there, wanted to have them do it, i disagreed with that from the beginning but i was out there, outspoken about it and thought it was a terrible mistake. here we are decades later and we are still there. we been acting as policeman. i will tell you one thing. we are hitting the taliban right now harder than they've ever been hit. what they did was horrible. a great american soldier, when they killed 12 innocent people, essentially innocent people, because if you look many of these people were civilians in
addition to our great soldier. when they did what they did in order to create what they thought was a better negotiating stance i said that's the end of them. i don't want anything to do with them and have hit very hard. they said that was a big mistake that they made and it was. but that was my decision and what we are doing now is my decision. so, we have a lot of great people who want that position. a lot of great people want a lot of positions. they want to be a part of this administration. we've done more in this administration in less than three years that i believe any president-- you look at the accomplishments-- even today what we are doing, you look at what we are doing today, these are big things. nobody else would be doing this. they are big things. but we've done more than any administration probably in the history of the country-- you just look at one point after
another point whether it's regulation cuts, tax cuts, you look at right to try with these two gentlemen. right to try when people are able to use some of the incredible innovations that we've developed with the greatest labs and the greatest doctors in the world and they can use them instead of being forced to leave other countries that don't have a clue compared to us. and by the way, a lot of people are being saved. a lot of great things are happening with right to try. what we've done for the vets, what we've done for great military, spending this year $718 billion, and by the way that is also jobs. secondarily, but it's also jobs. nobody has done what we've done and we are very honored to have done it. we are in a good footing. our country is respected again. >> five people that want very
much. a lot more than that would like to have it but there are five people i consider highly qualified, good people i've gotten to know over the last three years and we will be announcing someone next week we have some very highly qualified people. we were sent back very badly when john bolton talked about the libyan model and he made a mistake. as soon as he mentioned that, the libyan model, what a disaster. take a look at what happened with ghaddafi and i don't blame kim jong un . he wanted nothing to do with john bolton. that's not a question of being tough. it's a question of being not smart to say something like that. i wish john the best. we got along very well. i'm sure he will do whatever i
think a lot of people are waiting for me to get on the helicopter. he sat right in that chair and i told him, if you aren't getting along with people, a lot of us including we disagree with some of your talk ticks in your ideas . i wish you well but i would like you to submit your resignation, and he did that. i know he's going to do well and i wish him well. i spoke with sen. to me toomey and had a long talk with them. just hung up and we are working hard together to see if we can come up with something that is acceptable. it's a subject that has been going on for decades. decades they've been talking
about it. we are looking at background checks and looking at putting everything together in a unified way so we can have something that's meaningful. at the same time all of us want to protect our great second amendment. it's very important to all of us. we are now in meetings, meetings going on tonight and will speak with them again tomorrow. i think progress is being made. i hope so. >> are you willing to do background checks on all-- >> we are taking a look at a lot of different things and will be reporting back in a fairly short period of time. there are a lot of things under discussion. some things will never happen and some very meaningful things can happen. it's really gun sense if you think about it.
media with a talk about the hurricane and with talk about florida, they talk about alabama. it's fake news. right from the beginning from the very start, and, well, we are here and we are talking about that, i want to congratulate dan bishop last night on an incredible win. denver with 17 points behind three weeks ago. the media thought it was gonna lose. they were all set to have a big celebration with their partners from the democratic party. and, dan bishop worked really hard and i worked very hard with him. he made up a 17 point lead in a few weeks. and he won a great election last night. also, greg murphy who nobody is even reporting. but greg murphy one a great
congressional election in north carolina last night. and i want to congratulate, between dan and greg, what a job they did. we pickup 2 seats. and greg was in atlanta, spread to win by 2 or 3 points or less. but he won by many, many points. i don't know what the final tab was, but he won by a lot. he campaigned brilliantly, and dan campaigned brilliantly. so, we are very happy about that. that is a tremendous win for the republican party. okay? >> and that john bolton is gone [ inaudible ] >> we have a policy on venezuela that's a firm policy. but venezuela is really hurting, and we are trying to help people in a humanitarian way. that is probably not good in terms of you know, crushing a terrible regime. but, you have people dying.
this is a country that 15 years ago was one of the wealthiest countries. and now it is dying. they don't have water, they don't have food, they don't have medical. they don't have nothing. so, we are trying to help as much as we can. we are also working with columbia. the leader of columbia is a friend of mine and he is doing a really good job. i tell you that. we are working with columbia. we are working with brazil. we are working with other countries on a humanitarian basis. finitude venezuela is a very sad shape. that shows you about socialism. and it shows you what happens. think a country that was so wealthy 15 years ago and say, they don't have water. they don't have basic food. so, we will see what happens. no, i disagree with john bolton on his attitude toward venezuela. thought he was way out of line. and i think i was proven to be right. but, we are always watching venezuela very, very closely. >> i don't want to talk about that. >> -- or that companies that
were making these products will be treated unfairly by taking these products off the market? >> they have become very rich companies very fast. and the whole thing with vaping is, it was very profitable. and i fight for companies very hard. that's why i'm fighting with china. that's why am fighting with other countries. if you look at the european union, and you look at japan, and if you look at so many others including south korea and many others, we are constantly dealing with them to make it good for our company's. that is - it is 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, we can't have our youth be so affected. i am hearing the first lady got --. she has got a son -- that was a
beautiful young man as she feels very, very strongly about it. she is we are both reading it. a lot of people are reading it. people are dying. with vaping. so, we are looking at it very closely. you know, if nothing else, this is -- was let people know about it. parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to the children. a lot of people think vaping is wonderful, it's great. it's really not wonderful. that's one thing we can say definitely. commissioner, it's not a wonderful thing. it is cost big problems. we have to find the extent of the --. so new, but we're going to find out. and i hope that parents, you know, they have children of a certain age, i hope they are going to be able to make wise decisions. based on what --. but the commissioner -- the going to be coming back over
the neck short period of time, a couple of weeks, with some very strong recommendations. >> can you tell us the timeline -- across the market? >> it will take a couple of weeks for us to put out the final guidance. we have announced all the parameters around the enforcement policy. and 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 e cigarettes other than tobacco flavored would have to be removed from the market. tobacco flavored e cigarettes, they are making -- by may 2020 have to file for approval by fda of their product. the other flavored products, manufacturers, can at any time, call the pulled -- they would be off the market until approved by the fda. the obama administration had allowed these products to go on the market in an unregulated way by delaying any -- in the hopes that people who were in using combustible tobacco would
transition to a less harmful form of nicotine in the form of e cigarettes. but what we have seen is as evidence shows, kids are getting access to these products in spite of our best efforts, enforcement and retail enforcement is controlling location, over 8000 -- letters to retailers and others in spite of moving products off shelves, they have been -- simply have to remove these attractive flavored onyx from the marketplace until they secure fda approval. >> -- are you arranging a meeting with the iranian president --? >> i'm not -- a ron is a different country than it was 2.5 years ago. 2.5 years ago, they were given a lot of money by president obama. $150 billion. $1.8 billion in cash. an actual cash. very impressive.
they are much different country right now than they were 2.5 years ago when i came into office. and i do believe they would like to make a deal. if they do, that's great. if they don't, that's great, too. they have tremendous financial difficulty, and the sanctions -- we cannot let iran have a nuclear weapon, and they never will have a nuclear weapon. for thinking about enrichment, they can forget about it, because it's going to be very dangerous for them to enrich. very, very dangerous. okay? >> you can spread the word to a ron. >> >> we'll see what happens. we will see what happens. i think iran has potential. thing north korea. those are two countries we are dealing with right now i think iran has tremendous potential. there are incredible people. they have, were not looking for regime change. we hope that we can make a deal
. if we can't make a deal, that is fine, too. i think they have to make a deal. they've never been in this condition. china is having the worst year they have had now at 57 years. 57. there was 27, 22 and then 27. 57 years of the worst years that they have had. and, it's only going to get worse. so i think they want to make a deal, too. coming in sometime in early october, and we are speaking to them. and they also, the needed a couple of rooms last night moves last night there were pretty good. >> pretty respectful to our people. you didn't see it because you're one of the people that reported it. your group. but, china is --. they took tariffs off certain
things. a lot of things. >> are you happy about that? >> they did the right thing. good for them. but they took them off. i think it was a gesture. okay? it was a big move. people were shocked. i wasn't shocked. i know them and i like them and hope we can do something. with respect to a ron, i think they have to do something. they have potential to have an unbelievably great country. the way it's going right now, it is -- and i don't think they should allow that to happen. north korea has tremendous potential. north korea is in between russia, china, and south korea. it is incredible. incredible people. i think that -- that have this truly unbelievable potential. and i think they want to get to it. we will see what happens. we just have to wait and see. but i really believe that north korea would like to see
something tremendous happen. this could be one of the most unbelievable -- this could be one of the most unbelievable experiments ever. north korea. and i would also say the same of the ran. around to get back to business. they could do unbelievably well with all of the district. just to finish, this is all about vaping. this is a meeting the gets a little off track because you ask those questions about other things that i think are better answering them than not. but we are looking at vaping very strongly. it is very dangerous. children have died. people have died. and, acting -- is somebody an expert on it as much as you could be on and expert on a brand-new subject. i have some very strong rules and regulations. more important i think we are
going to have some very important information come out very shortly. okay? and we will be reporting that over the next couple of weeks. i want to thank you and commissioner, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> thank you everybody. >> thank you guys. >> thanks. >> thanks, brad. >> thank you very much. soon thereafter.