The Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes as federal health officials call for restrictions to combat an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease that has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar told reporters Wednesday.
President Donald Trump held a policy meeting on the issue at the White House on Wednesday. The meeting comes as members of Congress increasingly pressure the administration to rein in the e-cigarette industry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more than 450 cases of lung disease officials suspect were caused by vaping. Some officials have honed in on a vitamin E oil that’s been added to some THC vaping products as a possible cause.
Michigan banned flavored e-cigarettes earlier this month. A nationwide ban would likely put Juul Labs out of business.