After reports that President Donald Trump is reversing course on a planned e-cigarette flavor ban, Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator is responding.
In September, the Trump administration announced it would soon ban most flavored e-cigarettes as vaping among young people continued to rise. The New York Times reports that now two months later, under pressure from his political advisers about the potential pushback from his supporters, Trump has not moved forward with any action on vaping, while saying he still wants to study the issue.
Senator Dick Durbin says he sent a letter to Trump this week, telling the president he has broken his promise to address the nation's youth vaping epidemic.
In Illinois, the Department of Public Health reported last week a fourth person died after experiencing a lung injury associated with vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over two-thousand people have been sickened by vaping related illnesses.