After a string of vaping-related illness around the country put hundreds in the hospital and resulted in at least six deaths, the Trump administration has announced that it will move towards banning most flavored vaping products. The administration cited an "epidemic" of e-cigarette use amongst teens, blaming flavored nicotine products for luring more kids into smoking.
President Trump announced the move in a press conference where he
made a reference to Melania's son, Baron, while seemingly forgetting for a half-second that he's also Baron's father. He also referred to the relatively new problem of vaping as "not wonderful."
The administration's quick action on the issue of vaping after just six deaths is in stark contrast to their unwillingness to budge on issues like expanding gun control measures despite the fact that mass shootings resulted in 53 deaths in the month of August alone.
Twitter users were quick to question the apparent hypocrisy of this move:
We know the health consequences of cigarettes down to a T (millions of death, cancer, yellow teeth, etc.), but we do NOT know the health consequences of vaping like we do with cigarettes. Yet y’all are telling me that they’re out there trying to ban vapes??? #VapeBan pic.twitter.com/zhHAmYu5ML— Cecilia (@cecilia_seas) September 12, 2019