The Trump government is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes as federal health officials call for restrictions to combat the onset of a mysterious lung disease that has left hundreds of people ill and killed at least six, US said – Health Minister Alex Azar on Wednesday told reporters.
Following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the Oval Office, the Food and Drug Administration has finalized its guidance on removing other e-cigarette flavors than tobacco from the market. The FDA may need several weeks to develop the guidelines, he said.
The government will also take enforcement action if it finds that e-cigarette manufacturers intentionally target children, Azar said.
Officers Inform Trump of New Data Azar said it was a wave of teen vapors. The results of the National Youth Tobacco Survey 201
The meeting is held as members of Congress increasingly pressure the administration to stem the e-cigarette industry. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigate more than 450 cases of lung disease suspected to be caused by evaporation.
Some officials have added a vitamin E oil that has been added as a possible cause to some THC vaporization products. Nonetheless, the outbreak has triggered calls to restrict the e-cigarette industry in the midst of what regulators call the epidemic of teen-vapeing.
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-CNBC's Eamon Javers and Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.