Three people in Minnesota have already died from vaping-related illnesses
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released this statement following news that President Donald Trump has halted efforts to combat underage vaping by reversing his plan, announced just two months ago, to institute a ban of flavored e-cigarette products from the market. In Minnesota, three people have already died from vaping-related illnesses.
“The President’s decision not to move forward on action to ban flavored e-cigarettes is yet another example of how his Administration prioritizes corporate interests over people. Vaporizers and other e-cigarette products have flooded the market, and youth e-cigarette use has exploded, yet we currently know very little about the long-term health effects from exposure to the chemicals and nicotine common in most e-cigarettes. Three people from my home state of Minnesota have already passed away from vaping-related illnesses, and this Administration’s lackluster response to this public health crisis is unacceptable. We must take real action to curb underage vaping, protect and educate consumers, and ensure the safety of the American people.”
In September, Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging them to expedite their investigation into the rise of acute lung illnesses and deaths linked to the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.