Trump announces crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been roughly 450 cases of the lung disease reported in at least 33 states so far, and as many as five people with the illness have died.

"It's causing a lot of problems", the president told reporters at the White House, where he was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration head Norman Sharpless.

'Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect to children, ' Trump said, adding that 'we may very well have to do something very, very strong about it'.

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. He said the ban will include mint and methanol flavors.

US health officials are urging people to avoid e-cigarettes while the CDC investigates 450 cases of lung illness and six deaths that may be linked to chemical exposure while vaping. He noted if the FDA sees children are still being attracted to e-cigarettes or if e-cigarettes are being marketed to children, the FDA could take further action.

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

By May 20, he said, e-cigarette companies making tobacco-flavored products would have the chance to file for approval by the FDA.

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

Azar said the administration would allow tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes to remain available as an option for adult smokers.

'They've become very rich companies very fast, ' he said, 'and the whole thing with vaping is very profitable'. "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". E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine.

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