President Trump on Monday said he plans to meet with representatives of the vaping industry, as well as medical professionals and state politicians, as the White House considers a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes.
“Will be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry, together with medical professionals and individual state representatives, to come up with an acceptable solution to the Vaping and E-cigarette dilemma,” the president said in a tweet.
“Children’s health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!” Trump added, without providing a time for the meeting.
Last week, he said the White House would soon issue a “very important” proposal on vaping that would include an age limit and a possible ban on flavored products.
“We have to take care of our kids, most importantly. So we’re going to have an age limit of 21 or so,” he said before boarding Marine One on Friday, adding that a proposal would be unveiled this week.
He said he supported raising the minimum purchase age for e-cigarettes across the country to 21 from 18.
In September, Team Trump said the administration was readying a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to address the number of children vaping — a move opposed by vaping advocates who argue that removing flavors would force vape shops nationwide to close.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there have been 2,051 confirmed and probable US lung injury cases and 39 deaths associated with the use of vaping products.
Nearly 85 percent of lung injury patients in the nationwide outbreak have reported using products containing THC, the component of marijuana that gets people high, according to Reuters.
Federal health officials pointed their finger at vitamin E acetate as the “chemical of concern” behind the nationwide vaping crisis.
The CDC said the additive, which can cause serious lung injury when vaped, was found in 29 patients from 10 different states who were all diagnosed with EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury.
In response to the CDC’s findings, the popular e-cigarette company Juul, who’s recently come under intense scrutiny in the midst of the crisis, told The Post that none of their products contain vitamin E acetate.
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