Yesterday, the Trump administration said it plans to ban the sale of non-tobacco-flavored electronic cigarettes to combat the a vaping crisis.

“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

Speaking to reporters following an Oval Office meeting with Azar and Ned Sharpless, the FDA’s acting commissioner, President Donald Trump said vaping has been very profitable and has become a giant business in a very short period of time.



“A lot of people think vaping is wonderful, is great … It’s really not,” Trump said. “We have to find out the extent of the problems… it’s so new … but we’re going to find out.”