President Donald Trump backtracked on his plan to ban flavored vape and e-cigarettes. The reason cited by the Washington Post is that he feared it would lead to job losses.
President Trump held a press conference in September and announced that he would enact legislation to require flavored e-cigarettes be banned from the market, due to the growing health-related epidemic believed to be caused by vaping, including severe lung disease. First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and White House advisor Kellyanne Conway strongly advocated for the ban.
This was surprising, as Trump is not a proponent of regulations. He famously signed an executive order requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. A top agenda for Trump is to free the animal spirits of the business world. This includes declawing regulatory agencies that he deems are in the way of conducting and growing businesses. If businesses are free to flourish, Trump contends that the economy will strengthen and more people will be employed.