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MORE KIDS DIED IN ICE CUSTODY THAN FROM VAPING, EX-GOP CHAIRMAN SAYS AS TRUMP PLANS E-CIGARETTES BAN

As the Trump administration prepares a ban on flavored e-cigarettes following at least six 
deaths from lung diseases linked to vaping, critics are hitting back by pointing out that more
 people have died in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under
 Trump's watch.
"More children have died in ICE custody [than] from vaping.. just saying," tweeted former 
Florida Republican Party chairman Al Cardenas.


Cardenas, a lawyer and senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs, later retweeted a story stating
 that a Mexican man in ICE custody in Illinois since last week died on Tuesday, marking the 
eighth death in the federal agency's custody this year.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May confirmed the death of a 
10-year-old Guatemalan girl, bringing the number of known migrant children deaths to six 
within eight months.
In June, a Justice Department lawyer told judges in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ICE
 was not necessarily obligated to provide soap, toothbrushes or blankets to detained children.
Cardenas's tweets illustrated the Trump administration's seeming greater concern with vaping
, the safety of which has yet to be thoroughly reviewed, than with its treatment of migrant 
children and families.
On Wednesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced that the Food and Drug Administration
 (FDA) will issue a guidance banning non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes within 30 days.
 A recent increase in underage vaping is among the reasons for the ban, pending an FDA 
examination of the health effects, Azar said.
"The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored
 e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is
 impacting children, families, schools and communities," Azar stated. "We will not stand idly
 by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction 
for a generation of youth."
E-cigarette manufacturers, including the popular brand Juul, will have to submit formal 
applications for approval to once again sell their flavors.

First Lady Melania Trump, whose Be Best initiative aims to help children, sounded the 
alarm about the dangers of vaping Monday.
"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children,"
 she tweeted, echoing Azar's language, "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."
On Wednesday, the first lady shared an infographic showing youth use of e-cigarettes 
continuing to climb, while their use of traditional cigarettes declined.
"Data shows a high usage of flavored e-cigarettes among our youth. It's our responsibility 
as parents to understand the dangers that come from vaping," she tweeted. "Our
 Administration supports the removal of flavored e-cigarettes from stores until they're 
approved by @US_FDA. #BeBest"


Data shows a high usage of flavored e-cigarettes among our youth. It's our responsibility as parents to understand the dangers that come from vaping. Our Administration supports the removal of flavored e-cigarettes from stores until they're approved by @US_FDA.

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In August, the Trump administration transferred $116 million from agencies within the
 Department of Homeland Security, including from the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency, to ICE to pay for more detention beds and transportation. ICE had enough funding to
 detain about 42,000 people on average, but its average daily population is expected to reach
 50,000 this month.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Thursday.

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