Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday afternoon, President Trump announced he is in favor of a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes. Tobacco flavored versions will remain on the market.
.@realDonaldTrump announces in the Oval just now that the Admin wants to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette vapes from the market. The move is aimed at dissuading young people from taking up vaping.— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) September 11, 2019
I just announced with @POTUS and @FDACommissioner that we will be finalizing policies that will clear flavored e-cigarettes from the market. New provisional data show that youth use continues to rise rapidly, and we will not stand idly by.— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) September 11, 2019
Trump admin wants tobacco-flavor e-cigarettes to remain on the market and available for adults who vape instead of smoking traditional cigarettes, Azar tells reporters outside West Wing.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 11, 2019
First Lady Melania Trump sat next to the President during his remarks. In recent days, she has expressed concern over a number of deaths reportedly linked to e-cigarette use.
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
“She’s got a son," Trump said. "She feels very strongly about it."