Trump Administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Trump Administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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A week after the CDC reported hundreds of lung-related illnesses connected to vaping, President Trump is calling for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. 

"People are dying with vaping, so we're looking at it very closely, and if nothing else, this conference will let people know about it because people are going to watch what we're saying," President Trump said.

The owner of 180 Vape in Lubbock, Kim Pharr, said 99 percent of her business would be gone, if flavors were banned.

She said the first reported death connected to e-cigarettes in a decade was actually because of illegal THC, not vaping itself. 

"You can't ingest that. You can't inhale that. It can't be vaporized and it's toxic. So that's making it deadly and causing all of the sicknesses, but that is black market THC, not e-cigarettes," Pharr said.

Pharr said her business' sales have gone down in recent weeks due to the CDC's reports, despite not having a single customer incident. 

She added if this flavor ban on e-cigarettes goes through, vaping will go through the black market and eliminate all safety. 

"I've turned in my stuff to the FDA. All of our ingredients list, our product list, it's all been turned in to the FDA. That is safe," Pharr said.

In fact, Pharr said her store has helped thousands of people quit smoking.

"That's going to keep us from smoking cigarettes, and it's going to keep the rest of everyone who might have a chance switching from smoking to vaping to keep their interest in doing that," Pharr said.

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