President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he wants the Food and Drug Administration to consider taking flavored vaping products off the market.
Trump told reporters that “very, very strong action” may be needed to protect “innocent children” from potential risks. The FDA is still working on its final guidance on the issue.
His announcement comes amid a mysterious outbreak of illnesses associated with people using vape pens and e-cigarettes for marijuana and nicotine. In recent weeks, more than 450 people have been hospitalized for lung diseases, often accompanied by shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, fatigue, vomiting and fevers.
The sixth of those patients was confirmed dead on Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that it was investigating the outbreak.
Trump’s announcement comes a few days after first lady Melania Trump expressed her concern about children using the devices, which have soared in popularity in recent years, especially among teens.
Notably, several former White House employees have gone on to work for Juul, one of the biggest e-cigarette companies.
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