Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a ...
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, a man blows a puff of smoke as he vapes with an electronic cigarette. Months into an outbreak of vaping-relat...

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a ...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, a man blows a puff of smoke as he vapes with an electronic cigarette. Months into an outbreak of vaping-relat...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his administration will support raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.

Trump said Friday his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week but provided few other details.

Currently the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product under federal law is 18. But more than a third of U.S. states have already raised their sales age to 21.

Administration officials were widely expected to release a plan this week for removing most flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Those products are blamed for soaring rates of underage use by U.S. teenagers.

But details on the proposed flavor ban have yet to appear.