When you are the first family, nothing seems to be off-limits, not even your parenting.
It was recently revealed that Donald and Melania Trump have had a sit-down with son Barron Trump about the dangers of vaping.
Trump as father…
President Trump himself said in an official statement that he has spoken with Barron about why he believes vaping is bad and should thus be avoided.
“We haven’t told him anything except, ‘Don’t vape. Don’t vape,'” he said. “We don’t like vaping. I don’t like vaping.”
Although Trump specifically spoke with Barron about the issue, the president said that his advice is not limited to his son. Trump added that he has a personal dislike of vaping and that he doesn’t like anyone vaping in his house.
President Trump was not alone in this piece of parenting. He was joined by wife Melania who offered her own thoughts on vaping via Twitter.
“I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children,” she wrote. “We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth,” she added.
Barron, being 13 years of age, would certainly be part of the “generation of youth” that mom Melania is looking to protect.
…and as leader
President Trump’s take on vaping extends far beyond his own household. He has raised the issue in his official capacity as well.
The Trump administration has been weighing a number of proposals related to e-cigarettes, including a ban on the use of flavored vaping liquids. Trump has particularly focused on those products because manufacturers often market them to appeal to younger consumers.
Accordingly, the administration is trying to get ahead of the issue before it becomes an epidemic of sorts. Opposition from e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers, however, is growing, and court battles are sure to follow the implementation of any new regulations at the federal level.
Recently, health officials have been stressing the dangers of vaping by citing cases of illnesses that have resulted from the practice. Thus far, there have been at least 33 deaths from vaping-related lung disease, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.