Trump administration considers flavored e-cig ban


"People are dying from vaping and we're looking at it very closely", said Trump, expressing concern about the products' appeal to children.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting FDA chief Norman Sharpless were in the Oval Office as Trump told reporters about the decision.

President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping.

'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'.

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

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USA health officials urging people to stop using e-cigarettes; Casey Stegall reports from Dallas. He noted if the FDA sees children are still being attracted to e-cigarettes or if e-cigarettes are being marketed to children, the FDA could take further action. But "at that point all flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavor would have to be removed from the market". And this month MI moved to become the first state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes do have the potential to help adult and non-pregnant women quit smoking, but they are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not now use tobacco products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The nationwide investigation led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not linked the illnesses to any specific e-cigarette product.

"The tobacco industry uses flavored tobacco products to lure kids into a lifetime of nicotine addiction", said a statement from its CEO, Gary Reedy.

Azar said it will be several weeks before his department releases its proposal to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes.