Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose a ban against non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products, in the wake of several deaths in the United States doctors have linked to vaping.
The Health and Human Services Department outlined the plan to eliminate "unauthorized" flavored e-cigarette products from the market.
"We intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. "We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said compounds in e-cigarettes may be linked to six deaths and some 450 hospitalizations in 33 states in recent weeks.
"She's got a son," he said, referring to 13-year-old Barron Trump. "She feels very strongly about it."
"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children," Melania Trump tweeted Monday. "We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth."
Azar told reporters the Food and Drug Administration will issue guidance on how to take flavored e-cigarette products off the market.
A joint investigation by the CDC and FDA said vitamin E oil, or tocopheryl acetate, may be the compound to blame for the vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
The New York State Department of Health last week first identified "very high levels of vitamin E acetate" showing up in nearly all the cannabis-containing vape cartridges linked to 34 patients who submitted a product for testing, the agency said.
"Most of these severe cases, so far, appear to be symptoms that can occur when either oils or lipid-containing substances enter lungs," former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted Sunday. "This points to illegal products that are being cut with dangerous chemicals as a culprit."