Trump set to meet with vaping industry officials ahead of new rules

President Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to meeting with officials from the vaping industry in addition to medical and political officials to discuss vaping and e-cigarettes as an outbreak of injuries and deaths allegedly linked to the products spreads.

“Will be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry, together with medical professionals and individual state representatives, to come up with an acceptable solution to the Vaping and E-cigarette dilemma. Children’s health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!” 

The president gave no timetable for the meeting but he said Friday that his administration will be issuing a final report on vaping products next week.

It’s not clear what rules the government will propose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that there have been 2,051 confirmed and likely U.S. lung injury cases as well as 39 deaths linked to use of vaping products and e-cigarettes.

The CDC added that nearly 85 percent of lung injury patients around the country have said they used products containing THC, the compound in marijuana that gets people high.

Trump did not give a time for the meeting. He said on Friday that his administration would issue its final report on such products next week.

On Thursday, the CDC reported there have been 2,051 confirmed and probable U.S. lung injury cases and 39 deaths associated with use of e-cigarettes, or vaping products. Nearly 85 percent of lung injury patients in the nationwide outbreak have reported using products containing THC, the component of marijuana that gets people high.

In the CDC study, THC was detected in 23 of 28 patient samples of lung cells, including from three patients who said they did not use THC products. Nicotine was detected in 16 of 26 patient samples.

U.S. public health officials have recommended avoiding any vaping or e-cigarette products that contain THC or any compounds that come from illicit sources.

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