Today President Donald Trump said he was opposed to firms selling vaping products that were flavored anything other than tobacco flavored. Well? Because our youth are being injured. But what about our adults who are being injured? Yeah, I know the theory is sweet or fruit flavors appeal to minors and get them started on a new 21st Century smoking vice. But my question is: We know tobacco cigarette smoking often leads to debilitating and fatal illnesses. Why are we even giving vaping a market place at all?

Mr Trump said: “Vaping has become very big business, giant, in a short period of time. We can’t have our youth be so affected. People are dying from vaping so were looking at it very closely. People are going to watch what we’re saying and parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children.”

He added: “People say vaping is wonderful. It’s really not wonderful, that’s one thing we can say definitely. We may well have to do something strong about it.”

Alex Azar, the health secretary, whose department oversees the Food and Drug Administration, which in turn regulates, e-cigarettes, said guidelines would be developed to remove all flavours from the market, especially those attractive to children.

Agreed that these are bad for children…they are bad for everyone…so why don’t we just ban them now and get it over with?? I mean really!

Except the explanation is self apparent in the part of the president’s quote that I highlighted in bold above.

And not dissimilarly to the president’s stance on gun violence…which he lays at the feet of our failure to deal with mental health, here he’s laying vaping deaths at the feet of flavored vaping liquids. Getting rid of the flavors isn’t going to keep the damn things from harming people. But it’s big business…giant!

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