United States President Donald Trump said that he and First Lady Melania Trump have asked their 13-year son Barron to not vape. He further said that they have warned their son about the health hazards of vaping. The US President made the statement on the lawn of the White House while responding to the question of a reporter on the evening of September 12. He also said that they told Barron that they don't like the feeling of him vaping and have repeatedly told him not to vape.
“We haven’t told him anything except, ‘Don’t vape. Don’t vape.’ We don’t like vaping. I don’t like vaping,” Trump said.
A tweet by Melania Trump on September 9 said that she was worried about the increasing usage of e-cigarettes in children. She added that everyone should pitch in and do everything in their capacity to protect people from this epidemic and prevent the nicotine carriers to become an addiction for the youth of the country.
I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth. @HHSGov— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 9, 2019
Earlier, the Trump administration had announced that it would ban the sale of vaping liquids used in e-cigarettes as they have been allegedly used by different companies as a marketing strategy that specifically targets children.
The US has witnessed people numbering up to more than a hundred falling sick with unknown lung problems and as many as 6 losing their lives to the horrors of vaping flavored e-cigarettes.
With the Food and Drug Administration ban coming into effect, organizations wanting to sell e-cigarettes will have to ask for official permits that would, in turn, allow them to sell their products. The entire process to get federal approvals may stretch to more than a year.
The FDA fixed a deadline of May 2020 for the products already in the market to put in an application for the FDA stamped approval but now it is changing the deadline amid pressure from the public over people falling sick due to unexplained illnesses.
Issuing of the final set of guidelines with reference to the policy could measure up to several weeks and at that time e-cigarettes would have to be taken off the shelves in the market.
In order to ensure the safety of people, the FDA will look into the marketing strategy of the flavored e-cigarettes, the risks that entail after using them and the influence they would have on an individual's behavioral characteristics.
(With inputs from AP)