The Trump administration is moving towards a ban on flavored e-cigarette and vaping products after a rash of hospitalizations and six deaths were linked to the products.
According to CNN dozens of people have been hospitalized recently with lung problems seemingly related to vaping and six have died. The cause of the sudden illnesses is unknown but vaping is believed to be the common factor and the cases are clustered in the midwest.
In comments to reporters Trump said:
“We can’t allow people to get sick and we can’t have our youth be so affected.”
First Lady Melania Trump has also spoken about the issue recently and Trump said his wife influenced his views on the subject.
Trump indicates that his drive against vaping came at the behest of Melania. He then describes his son Barron in a very odd way.
“That’s how the First Lady involved. She’s got a son — together — that’s a beautiful young man, & she feels very very strongly about it.” pic.twitter.com/s5wNzUCSmj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 11, 2019
I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth. @HHSGov— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 9, 2019
While the FDA is still reviewing vaping products for safety, the White House is looking to ban all flavored non-tobacco e-cigarette products by removing a waiver that had allowed their sale.
While we like to roast our reliably insane narcissist president here on GDD this sounds like one of his better ideas since something in the products appears to be making people very sick and nobody knows why.
Of course, as some were quick to point out, there are other, deadlier problems in the country that he could address.
It took Trump about a month or so to decide to get vape off the market after 6 deaths, yet gun laws remain unmoved after hundreds of people died in the last year. Interesting. https://t.co/naZSxUhgjR— taleen (@taleenelgh) September 11, 2019
Cool. Now do assault weapons— Chris schalz (@Chrisschalz1) September 11, 2019