Sunday 22 September 2019

Trump to ban flavours used in vaping products after deaths


US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Nick Allen

Donald Trump has moved to ban flavours used in e-cigarettes following a series of deaths linked to vaping.

Six people have died across the United States and more than 450 have fallen ill in recent months, with symptoms including breathing difficulty and chest pain.

Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas. No single vaping device, ingredient or additive has been identified as the cause.

"Vaping has become very big business - giant - in a short period of time. We can't have our youth be so affected. People are dying from vaping, so we're looking at it very closely. People are going to watch what we're saying, and parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children," Mr Trump said.

"People say vaping is wonderful. It's really not wonderful, that's one thing we can say definitely.

"We may well have to do something strong about it."

Mr Trump said his wife Melania, the first lady, had been involved in discussions about vaping because "she's got a son, she feels very strongly about it".

© Daily Telegraph, London

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