And while the recent spike in serious lung illnesses may involve combining vaping with substances like THC, the administration plans to ban most flavored vaping products to make them less appealing to children.
Trump was accompanied by Ned Sharpless, the acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that regulates e-cigarettes and by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who responded to a question about the proposed timeline by saying his agency would issue rules in the coming weeks.
Mr Trump said: "Vaping has become very big business, giant, in a short period of time". We can't have our youth be so affected.
But, President Trump and his administration, on Sep 11, threatened to ban flavored e-cigarettes citing health hazards. In fact all the 450 cases and six deaths are related to use of ingredients like tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and flavors. It's apparently a hot topic in the Trump household, as first lady Melania Trump recently tweeted her concerns about children and vaping.
The FDA has had the power to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but up until now resisted calls to take that step. More often than not, when smokers quit, they invest in a vape to help ease them off of cigarettes.More news: US, China exchange goodwill gesture ahead of trade talks
Juul voluntarily pulled many of its flavors, with the exception of mint and menthol, out of stores already in response to the youth vaping epidemic.
Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes don't "burn".
"It has taken far too long to stop Juul and other e-cigarettes companies from targeting our nation's kids with sweet-flavored, nicotine-loaded products", said Matthew Myers, of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a statement.
The announcement comes after parents, health officials and politicians have called for federal action to stem a surge in vaping.
The Food and Drug Administration is now finalizing the plan, which will clear the shelves of all nontobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market within 30 days.More news: Antonio Brown practices, but it's not clear whether he'll play Sunday
"Finally, the FDA is doing its job", Durbin said in a statement Wednesday.
Addressing reporters at the White House, the president said that both he and First Lady Melania Trump were anxious as parents of a teenage son about an outbreak of severe lung disease that has killed six people and sickened hundreds.
Five million children are using e-cigarette products, Azar said, calling it an "alarming" trend.
During 2015-2017, almost 2,035 e-cigarettes have exploded or caused burns in the United States alone. And this month MI moved to become the first state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes.
While e-cigarettes do not contain the estimated 7,000 chemical constituents present in traditional cigarettes, a number of substances have been identified as potentially harmful and the vapor could contain traces of metal, according to a 2018 study prepared for Congress. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping.More news: Trump commemorates 9/11 attacks at Pentagon ceremony