The Trump administration has announced a partial ban on flavored vaping products, which includes all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco and menthol. The ban applies to cartridge-based e-cigarettes but not tank-based vaping systems. 

Together, the two exemptions represent a significant retreat from President Donald Trump’s original plan announced four months ago, which would have banned all vaping flavors — including menthol — from all types of e-cigarettes.

The new policy will preserve a significant portion of the multibillion-dollar vaping market. And the changes are likely to please both the largest e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul Labs, and thousands of vape shop owners who sell the tank-based systems, which allow users to mix customized flavors.