The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving to remove non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors from the market to reduce vaping among minors.
The decision comes as health professionals investigate mysterious bouts of illness among people who’ve used the devices.
“People are dying with vaping. So we’re looking at it very closely,” Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office alongside Health Secretary Alex Azar and acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless.
The president said vaping is a particular problem among children, worrying First Lady Melania Trump.
“She feels very strongly about it,” he said of Mrs. Trump.
E-cigs’ defenders say vaping is a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, which contain various toxins, and are a great way for traditional smokers to kick the habit.
Yet administration officials say there’s been an alarming rise in teen vaping, prompting fears that a new generation will become hooked on nicotine. They say that’s an unacceptable tradeoff for reduced smoking rates among adults.
The push has taken on new urgency in light of reports of life-threatening illnesses linked to vaping.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigation more than 400 cases of respiratory illness, and several people have died.
New York State officials say vitamin E acetate, which is some vaping products, may be harmful when inhaled.