President Donald Trump‘s administration is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid vape related deaths.
During a policy meeting on Wednesday, Trump said that vaping has become an urgent health concern in the United States, “specifically with respect to children.” He said his administration is looking at the vape problem “very closely.” According to multiple repots, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigs from shelves within 30 days, until such companies receive FDA approval. That includes popular mint and menthol flavors.
This comes as a mysterious lung disease has sicken hundreds and killed at least six people, according to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” Azar said. “We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone using a vape device should consider quitting, as public health officials investigate the lung-injury cases.
Sources: Bloomberg, CNBC