Durbin criticizes Trump for backpedaling on vaping ban

Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVO) — Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) is calling out President Trump for backpedaling on legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

In 2019, vaping related illnesses and deaths skyrocketed across the United States, including four in Illinois.

In September, Trump announced plans to ban all non-tobacco flavors within the coming weeks.

But, instead of moving forward with those plans, Durbin says the President is caving to pressure from Big Tobacco.

“The President now appears to have reversed himself and said it’s a hands off approach when it comes to these flavors,” Durbin said Tuesday. “What that means is more temptations for more of our children to become addicted to nicotine and vaping and sadly have terrible health results.”

Critics of the proposed vape ban say flavored e-cigarettes have helped adults to quit smoking, while proponents blame flavors for the wide adoption of e-cigarettes among teens.

The CDC’s investigation into the vaping deaths has narrowed in on the Vitamin E acetate as the culprit, a substance which is used in non-commercial vaping liquid often infused with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Other countries around the world have not reported the same vaping related lung epidemic experienced in the U.S., despite the widespread use of e-cigarettes.

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