Alex Azar says the FDA will not shut down vape shops and small vaping companies in May, when manufacturers must submit Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs), and that the agency will “streamline approval” for small companies.

President Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services made the surprising comments during an interview on an Ohio radio station Tuesday. The HHS is the parent agency of the FDA, and Azar reports directly to Trump. The President recently told Azar that getting personally involved in the vaping issue had been a mistake for Trump.

Vape shop owner and Ohio Vapor Trade Association president James Jarvis suggested the question to host Scott Sands, and recorded and posted the exchange on SoundCloud (link below). Sands’ program is broadcast on Toledo station WSPD News Radio 1370.

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