WASHINGTON (AP/WAND) — President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping.
State and federal health authorities are investigating hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavors from the market, especially those favored by children.
The FDA regulates e-cigarettes and has authority to ban vaping flavors, but has resisted calls to take that step.
Instead, the agency has said it is studying the role of flavors in vaping products, including whether they help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.
Senator Dick Durbin spoke on the Senate floor after the announcement.
Christopher Owens works at a Decatur owned vape shop. He used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day.He dropped that habit when he started vaping. Now he's in the business of weaning people off cigarettes.
"I've had a lot of people tell me that they're happy," Owens said. "You know - 'this got my mom off of cigarettes."
However, the vape shop is under scrutiny. Health officials believe fake vaping products could be behind the rise in life-threatening illnesses. To Owens, that gives his business a bad reputation.
"We're trying to help people get off of something that has been proven to cause cancer and birth defects for the last 80 years," Owens said.