Trump says FDA will ban flavored e-cigarettes to combat teen vaping

Trump administration moves to ban flavoring to combat surge in underage vaping

USA public health officials are investigating 450 cases of lung illnesses related to vaping.

President Donald Trump called vaping a "problem" and his health secretary said the government would force companies to remove flavoured vaping products from the market after reports of hundreds of US cases of a mysterious illness related to e-cigarette devices.

Medical experts believe e-cigarettes in flavors like mango, mint and fruit, appeal too much to children. "We can't allow people to get sick", he said.

The American Cancer Society called the administration's move "an important first step in announcing its intention to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market that have hooked youth". "We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth".

"We simply have to remove these attractive flavored products from the marketplace until they can secure FDA approval, if they can", Azar said.

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The decision comes amid outcry over the increase in teen vaping.

E-cigarette manufacturers have been trying to market their products as better alternatives to cigarettes. Health officials recently said there are now more than 450 possible cases across 33 states. All the cases involve people who used vapes or other electronic cigarette products.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and state health departments have been investigating this outbreak.

"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. People think it's an easy solution to cigarettes, but turns out that it has its own difficulties", said President Trump. The president said he wants parents to know that his administration is carefully studying e-cigarettes, and said they have been linked to potentially very bad deaths. 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.

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