Trump admin to ban flavored e-cigs in wake of vaping deaths

President Donald Trump talks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of health issues linked to vaping.

Trump joined by Health, and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke with reporters at the White House Wednesday about his administration’s plan to combat the vaping epidemic.

The president expressed concerns about flavored e-cigs currently being marketed to children and announced his administrations plan to ban products.

He also said the government is investigating deaths from vaping.

This comes after six people have died from lung disease linked to vaping.

The CDC is reportedly looking into more than 450 cases of vaping-related illnesses across more than 30 states.

The American Lung Association has put out a statement saying e-cigarettes “are definitely not safe.”

However, no single device, ingredient, or additive has been identified as the source of vaping illnesses and deaths at this time.