Arkansas stands with President @RealDonaldTrump and his plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes. This is crucial to fight the vaping epidemic across the country. I will use every resource at my disposal to protect our children from these toxic products.
— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) September 11, 2019
Under lobby pressure and fearing political fallout, Donald Trump has backed off a proposal to ban sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, the New York Times reports.
I’ve asked for a comment from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who recently began a campaign against vaping by young people. She had cheered the president previously.
UPDATE: A spokesman provided the following comment from Rutledge:
I will continue to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable who attempt to entice teens to use their e-cigarette devices and products. My multifaceted approach is unwavering in ending this growing epidemic in Arkansas