Melania Trump ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Teen Vaping As Lung Illness Cases Grow To 450

Written by Kecia Gayle September 9, 2019
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Melania Trump ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Teen Vaping As Lung Illness Cases Grow To 450

On Monday, Melania Trump weighed on a big problem amongst teens; vaping. She tweeted that “we need to do all we can” to slow the teen vaping epidemic, though she did not suggest specific plans.

“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children,” she tweeted on Monday. “We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”

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She ended her tweet by tagging the Department of Health and Human Services, and garnered more than 26,000 liked and 5,600 tweets.  Her call for action comes just days after US health officials urged Americans of all ages to stop vaping amid an investigation into hundreds of breathing illnesses related to vaping across the country. 450 cases have been reported in mostly teens and young adults in 33 states and one territory. A total of five deaths, which have been suspected to be linked to vaping, have been reported in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon. 

President Donald Trump has not addressed the epidemic but. However back in March, he proposed adding a user fee to the e-cigarette industry as part of an effort to reduce teenage use.

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