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First Lady Speaks Out on E-Cigs

Stop marketing to kids, says Melania Trump
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 7, 2019 11:19 AM CDT
First Lady Speaks Out on E-Cigs
First lady Melania Trump speaks at a Red Ribbon Rally at the Drug Enforcement Agency in Arlington, Va., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Melania Trump is calling on companies to stop marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they're addictive and dangerous. The first lady—who with President Trump has a 13-year-old son, Barron—says teenagers and young adults must be encouraged to admit addiction, including to electronic cigarettes and vaping, and get help. "Marketing this addictive product to children must stop," she said, per the AP.

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The first lady spoke Monday at a Drug Enforcement Administration rally in the Washington area to help reinforce an anti-drug message before an annual drug-free week begins Oct. 23. Juul Labs Inc., the nation's largest e-cigarette maker, has said it will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the United States. President Trump announced in September that the US will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. (A rash of lung injuries have been blamed on vaping.)

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