US must do something about vaping, Trump says

New York officials warn people to stop vaping amid rising illnesses

New York officials warn people to stop vaping amid rising illnesses

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, seated in the Oval Office with the President, first lady Melania Trump and the acting commissioner of the FDA, announced that newly proposed enforcement policy would require flavored e-cigarette companies to take their products off the market.

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.

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).

Idaho health officials are asking health care providers to be alert for signs of respiratory illness in patients who use vaping products, and to report any cases to public health officials.

Trump said the first lady has become engaged on the dangers of vaping.

"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it", Trump said.

She was present at Wednesday's announcement alongside the president, Mr Azar and FDA officials.

The Trump administration is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of vaping-related lung disease.

A ban on flavors would represent a huge blow to the vaping industry, including companies such as Juul, which has grown into a multibillion dollar business by selling mint, fruit and dessert flavored-nicotine products. The agency notes that scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking, and that additional research is needed to understand long-term health effects.

MI this month became the first U.S. state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been on the US market for more than a decade. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine.