Trump Plans On Banning Sale Of Flavoured E-Cigarettes

US billionaire Bloomberg pledges $160 million to fight vaping

Severe lung disease in the U.S. that has claimed at least 6 lives, amid outbreak of vaping products.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters the United States has a problem with vaping, and must do something about it, as he met with government officials at the White House about the emerging health concerns around electronic cigarettes.

President Trump says his administration is taking steps to remove most flavored vaping products from the market.

'Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect to children, ' Trump said, adding that 'we may very well have to do something very, very strong about it'.

A ban on flavors would represent a huge blow to the vaping industry, including companies such as Juul, which has grown into a multibillion dollar business by selling mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine products. Agency officials instead said they were studying if flavors could help smokers quit traditional cigarettes.

US First Lady Melania Trump this week tweeted that she was "deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children".


As of Friday, there have been more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes reported to the CDC across 33 states and the US Virgin Islands.

"We simply have to remove these attractive flavored products from the marketplace until they can secure FDA approval, if they can", Azar said.

Most e-cigarettes contain colorless, flavorless chemicals such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which create an inhalable vapor when heated.

Earlier this month, nearby MI became the first state in the nation to announce a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

"The law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful", acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

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