Bloomberg — Bloomberg via The Hill — President Donald Trump on Monday proposed banning e cigarettes, a step that the White House said would help curb the rising number of Americans who use the products.
The Trump administration plans to submit a rule proposal to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the end of this month to ban the use of “e cigarette” and “smoke-less” devices as a method of smoking in public places.
The move is intended to curb the rise of e-cigarette use among young people and reduce their health risks.
The proposed rule would apply to new products that are less than six months old.
The ban on new products would be effective immediately, but the administration would not disclose whether the new devices will be banned.
Trump’s plan would also ban the sale of smokeless tobacco and vaping products.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White Board of Advisors would have more details on the proposal in the coming days.
She said the proposal would not be a blanket ban on all tobacco products, and the administration had not determined whether to include e-cigarettes and vapor products in the ban.
Sanders also said the administration was considering the use and sale of e cigarettes in conjunction with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which allows states to allow the use or sale of products that have been proven to reduce the rate of childhood vaccination.
E-cigarette and vape products are widely used in the U