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Donald Trump moves to ban flavoured vaping products because 'people are dying'

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/09/2019 Nick Allen
Donald Trump et al. wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump said vaping was "really not wonderful" © SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX Donald Trump said vaping was "really not wonderful"

Donald Trump has moved to ban flavours used in e-cigarettes following a series of deaths linked to vaping. Across the United States, six people have died 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.

Mr Trump said: "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 were 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."

a group of people sitting at a table: Mr Trump's wife, Melania, is said to be concerned because they have a son © SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX Mr Trump's wife, Melania, is said to be concerned because they have a son

He added: "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."

a group of people in a room: Mr Trump's wife, Melania, is said to be concerned because they have a son Credit: SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX © Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Mr Trump's wife, Melania, is said to be concerned because they have a son Credit: SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX

Alex Azar, the health secretary, whose department oversees the Food and Drug Administration, which in turn regulates, e-cigarettes, said guidelines would be developed to remove all flavours from the market, especially those attractive to children.

Donald Trump et al. dressed in a suit and tie: Donald Trump said vaping was © SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX Donald Trump said vaping was

It would take only weeks to formulate the guidelines. On Monday the FDA warned market-leading e-cigarette maker Juul to stop advertising itself as a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been available in the US since 2006 and are sometimes used as an aid to quit smoking traditional tobacco products.

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But there is little evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for helping smokers quit. They are also hugely popular among adolescents, who makers have targeted with fruit and candy flavourings.

Around 3.6 million US school pupils used vaping products in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million from the year before. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has urged people to cease vaping while investigations into deaths and illnesses are underway.

A spokeswoman for the American Lung Association said: "We've been sounding the alarm for a long time and are so grateful to hear the president's announcement. "The only reason these flavours are out there is to attract kids and make the poison go down more easily."

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