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E-cigarette deaths prompt bipartisan response

Signs in the window of the Smoke Depot advertise electronic cigarettes and pods by Juul, the nation's largest maker of e-cigarette products, on Sept. 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Around 400 people are suffering from respiratory illnesses and six have died after using electronic cigarettes, sparking a rare bipartisan response in Washington. After President Donald Trump announced that the FDA would ban the sale of flavorings for the devices, the spotlight is now on lawmakers of both parties who are considering legislation. Three guests join the show this week to explain the reasons behind this push and the challenges facing lawmakers moving forward: Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School who was previously head of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ consortium trying to stop kids from using tobacco; Rep. Donna Shalala, the Florida Democrat and former secretary of Health and Human Services during Bill Clinton’s presidency; and CQ Roll Call reporter Andrew Siddons, who covers the issue.

 

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