1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"We're going to be coming out with a very important position on vaping. We have to take care of our kids, most importantly. So we're gonna have an age limit of 21 or so, but we'll be coming out with something next week, very important on vaping. We have a lot of people to look at, including jobs, frankly, because, you know, it's become a pretty big industry, but we're going to take care of that. Now, there's also, you know, when you mention vaping, you're talking about e-cigarettes, you're talking about a lot of different things. But we're coming out with a big paper next week.
(Reporter: Are you dialing back on the idea of banning flavors?)
We're talking about the age, we're talking about flavors, we're also talking about keeping people working. And, you know, there are some pretty good aspects, but we're coming out, we're very close to a final report, John and we'll be giving it next week.
(Reporter: Because the industry does support raising the age...)
We're going to be raising the age. We will be doing that."
President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week but provided few other details.
"We have to take care of our kids, most importantly, so we're going to have an age limit of 21 or so," he said speaking outside the White House on his way to Georgia.
Currently the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product is 18, under federal law. But more than one third of U.S. states have already raised their sales age to 21.
A federal law raising the purchase age would require congressional action.
Administration officials were widely expected to release plans this week for removing virtually all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Those products are blamed for soaring rates of underage use by U.S. teenagers.
However, no details have yet appeared, leading vaping critics to worry that the administration is backing away from its original plan.