During a surprise meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump urged all e-cigarettes to be banned from the market without tobacco. Trump discussed the proposal at a meeting in the White House after discussing the move with advisers such as the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless of the Food and Drug Administration, Bloomberg reported.
"It's not just a general problem, but really specific with respect for children," Trump told reporters. He continued: "We may have to do something very, very strong about it."
It is unclear whether the FDA has taken rules to implement such a ban, but it seems likely that some sort of regulatory action. A pool report described the effort by saying, "They are trying to ban all non-tobacco flavored vapen products from the market."
Last week, federal officials announced that more than 450 people across the country had become ill with fatal lung diseases related to the use of e-cigarettes. The number of sick people has increased exponentially in recent weeks and organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people to stop the use of e-cigarettes completely.
It has been a long year for e-cigarette manufacturers such as Juul with regulatory threats from across the government. Last summer, legislators such as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed similar regulations as the President drove today. Durbin's "Attractive flavors put in e-cigarettes for children" or the SAFE Kids Act. If this bill is approved, manufacturers should prove that their tastes do not tempt minors to use the devices.
Juul and the FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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