WASHINGTON D.C. — The Trump administration officials announced on Wednesday a plan that would call for a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.
The cause is related to the numerous amounts of people attracting mysterious lung illnesses.
President Trump and top health officials met at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from teenagers.
US Health Secretary Alex Azar said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would finalise a plan to take all non-tobacco flavours off the market.
Michigan this month became the first US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes.
Billionaire and former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, on Tuesday announced a $160 million campaign to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the United States following a spike in vaping deaths.
“This is an urgent health crisis, and tobacco companies are behind it,” said Bloomberg, a long-time anti-smoking activist who banned smoking in New York bars and restaurants when he was mayor in the early 2000s.
“We know Big Tobacco’s playbook. We’ve seen this before. It is targeting kids — and putting them in serious danger,” he added in the New York Times op-ed co-written with Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Bloomberg said the money would be spent helping at least 20 cities and states ban all flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes.
First Lady Melania Trump this week tweeted that she was “deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children”.
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
In a press release shortly after Mr Trump’s announcement, the health secretary said officials “will not stand idly by” as a generation becomes addicted to nicotine.
FDA Commissioner Dr Ned Sharpless said “if we see a migration to tobacco-flavored products by kids, we will take additional steps to address youth use of these products.”
Reported by Woodlawn Post Politics (Staff)
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