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Trump to propose ban on flavourings used in e-cigarettes

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Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 21:47

Five million children are using e-cigarette products, Azar said, calling it an "alarming" trend.

President Trump says his administration is taking steps to remove most flavored vaping products from the market.

E-cigarettes do have the potential to help adult and non-pregnant women quit smoking, but they are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not now use tobacco products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

First Lady Melania Trump sat next to the President during his remarks. 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. "We can't allow people to get sick", he said.

"People are going to watch what we're saying and parents are going be a lot tougher with respect to their children".

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Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (left). They have just met after a night of high drama in parliament.

E-cigarettes have been on the US market for more than a decade.

"The law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful", acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

US public health officials are investigating 450 cases of lung illnesses related to vaping.

Public health officials in Idaho have confirmed that two people in the state have developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and state health departments have been investigating this outbreak. Government health officials have called the trend an "epidemic", and new statistics due out this fall are expected to show the problem worsening. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine. The chemicals are considered safe as food additives but their long-term effects when inhaled have not been studied. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market.