President Donald Trump reversed course on a ban of most flavored e-cigarettes due to concerns that he’d anger his supporters and eliminate related jobs just before his reelection.
According to the Washington Post, he let the ban die despite pressure from first lady Melania Trump and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump. The two pushed the issue after a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping.
“We can’t have our kids be so affected,” Trump said a couple of months ago at a policy announcement with his wife. “She’s got a son,” Trump added, referring to their shared son, Barron. “She feels very strongly about it.”
Trump was shaken by a pervasive social media campaign called #IVapeIVote and protesters at his rally. Campaign manager Brad Parscale reportedly told him that he could risk losing voters in the battleground states if he went through with the ban.