Melania Trump tweets she is ‘deeply concerned’ about youth vaping
WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump expressed her concern about vaping on Monday as vaping-linked illnesses have been on the rise in the United States, with officials counting 450 cases of potentially related illnesses in at least 33 states that are under investigation.
“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children,” she wrote on Twitter. “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.”
The tweet comes on the same day as a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), describing the questionable marketing tactics Juul used.
Since early last year, the company has been under investigation by the FDA, which has oversight over tobacco and nicotine containing products.
In a statement, a Juul Labs spokesman said, “We are reviewing the letters and will fully cooperate.”
In addition to the illnesses and severe lung disease that are suspected to be tied to vaping, there have been at least five deaths.
Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless also tweeted Monday, “We’ve also put the industry on notice: If the disturbing rise in youth e-cigarette use continues, especially through the use of flavors that appeal to kids, we’ll take even more aggressive action.”
The first lady’s “Be Best” initiative focuses on addressing three main “pillars”: well-being, social media usage, and opioid abuse among children.
Contributing: Jayne O’Donnell