“We haven’t told him anything except, ‘Don’t vape. Don’t vape.’ We don’t like vaping. I don’t like vaping,” Trump told reporters about his 13-year-old son.
Trump made the comments about vaping to reporters while traveling to Baltimore for a retreat with Republican members of the House of Representatives.
The comments follow the administration’s rush to implement a ban on flavored vaping liquid. Some e-cigarette companies stand accused of trying to market their products to children.
“It’s causing a lot of problems and we’re going to have to do something about it,” said Trump following a White House meeting, according to USA Today. “There have been deaths and there have been a lot of other problems.”
Six Americans have died so far from a lung illness that is believed to be linked to vaping. The sixth person having died in Kansas, authorities said on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
According to KMBC9, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said, “Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died.”
“Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries. As that work continues, I urge Kansans to be careful. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials.”
On Sept. 6, in a news release, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that at least five other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and California.
“While this investigation is ongoing, consider not using e-cigarette products,” warned the CDC.
Should one continue using vape products and has “symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly. CDC and the FDA will continue to alert the public throughout this investigation,” the agency wrote.
It has been suggested that pregnant woman, youth, and young adults, as well as those who don’t use tobacco products, should not use them.
“You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer,” warned the agency.
Some people have allegedly attempted to vape marijuana-related products, such as THC.
“If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids),” said the CDC.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.