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.
Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his administration was considering a ban on flavored vaping products, amid a growing outbreak of severe lung disease in the U.S. that has claimed at least six lives.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters the United States has a problem with vaping, and must do something about it, as he met with government officials at the White House about the emerging health concerns around electronic cigarettes. "We can't allow people to get sick". The president said he wants parents to know that his administration is carefully studying e-cigarettes, and said they have been linked to potentially very bad deaths.
The FDA has had the authority to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but has previously resisted calls to take that step. The restrictions, which have not been finalized, would affect sweet and fruity flavors, but not mint and menthol, which are also said to attract teens. The health department said it will target youth and parents with $4 million in new initiatives to prevent and reduce vaping.
US First Lady Melania Trump this week tweeted that she was "deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children".
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US public health officials are investigating 450 cases of vaping-related lung illness across 33 states and one USA territory.
Azar said HHS intends to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market in upcoming months. Azar said 8 million adults and 5 million children use e-cigarettes.
San Francisco also placed a ban on e-cigarettes, becoming the first city to do so while MI recently became the first state to prohibit the sales of the majority of vaping products.
'They've become very rich companies very fast, ' he said, 'and the whole thing with vaping is very profitable'.
No cases of the acute lung illness associated with e-cigarette use have been reported in Canada.