Donald Trump is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the wake of six vape-related deaths.
On Wednesday, Trump said the federal government plans to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes after parents, politicians, and health officials voiced their concern.
The announcement came as a surprise and could disrupt the multi-billion dollar vaping industry that has profited off the sale of flavored nicotine formulas like cotton candy, mango, and birthday cake.
Trump, whose 13-year-old son Barron reportedly influenced his decision, said: We cant allow people to get sick and we cant have our youth be so affected during an Oval Office meeting alongside Melania Trump.
Melania tweeted her concern regarding the rising popularity of vaping on Wednesday and the president said: I mean, shes got a son – together – that is a beautiful, young man, and she feels very, very strongly about it.
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the US Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to ban all e-cigarette flavors except for tobacco.
Wednesdays announcement comes after US health officials announced they are investigating hundreds of serious breathing illnesses in people who vape or use e-cigarettes. Approximately 450 cases have been identified in 33 state, including six deaths.
Officials have not yet identified a single ingredient, device, or additive in the e-cigarettes that can be linked to the illnesses, however, many of the cases involved vaping marijuana.
The ban announced by Trumps administration would only apply to nicotine vaping products because nicotine is regulated by the FDA, while marijuana is still illegal on a federal level.
Federal health officials have called the uptick in vaping an epidemic after preliminary data showed that more than one in four high school students reported vaping Read More – Source