“No drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes,” is what President Trump uses to educate his children. So does his wife, Melania Trump. The first lady recently called out to stop the vaping epidemic, following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) report of five deaths related to vaping.
On Monday, Sept. 9, via her official Twitter page, @FLOTUS, Melania tweeted that she is “deeply concerned” over the growing dangers associated with e-cigarettes and use of them by children.
“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,” the tweet says.
I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. 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. @HHSGov
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 9, 2019
The rise of e-cigarettes has led to a 20 percent increase in teen vaping between 2017 and 2018, with at least 3.6 million teen users nationwide, PEOPLE reported.
It appears that many forget that it is not exactly different from regular tobacco use as many e-cigarette industries promote the products as less dangerous to health.
One mother’s tweet came a few days after the CDC announced that five people died of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping, reported cases have more than doubled to 450.
During a youth leadership forum in February, the first lady addressed e-cigarette like “a whole box of cigarettes,” noting that she and other parents are concerned children don’t understand the full danger of it. “(It is) another issue that we need to deal with” she said.
Thankfully, the efforts of concerned citizens have caught attention. On Tuesday, Michigan became the very first state to ban sales of all flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to stop teen vaping, and San Francisco voted to end sales and distribution of all e-cigarettes in June.