Trump to meet on e-cigarettes as White House considers crackdown

Some not concerned with potential health implications of e-cigarettes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said anyone who uses a vape device should consider stopping while public health officials investigate the cause of the condition.

With more and more of the youth picking up on e-cigarettes, the Trump administration is taking on the vaping crisis by putting a ban on non-tobacco flavored products. The restrictions, which have not been finalized, would affect sweet and fruity flavors, but not mint and menthol, which are also said to attract teens.

'We can't allow people to get sick and we can have our youth be so affected, ' the president told journalists in the Oval Office, 'and I'm hearing it, and that's how the first lady got involved'.

The FDA has had the authority to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but has previously resisted calls to take that step.

The first lady, whose "Be Best" platform focuses in part on children's health and combating addiction, has spoken out a couple of times over her concerns over e-cigarette use by children.

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But parents, politicians and health advocates have increasingly called for a crackdown on flavors, arguing that they are overwhelmingly to blame for a recent surge in underage vaping by US teens. The agency notes that scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking, and that additional research is needed to understand long-term health effects.

Federal law prohibits e-cigarette and all other tobacco sales to those under 18.

State health officials in NY have pointed to vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit.

MI this month became the first U.S. state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes.

And Trump said the e-cig companies can afford to contend with new roadblocks to the youth market. FDA officials have repeatedly delayed enforcing regulations on them, responding to industry complaints that it would wipe out thousands of small vaping companies. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine.

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