Donald Trump’s bizarre justification for his plan to ban flavoured e-cigarettes is being ruthlessly mocked.

After a spate of reported deaths and illnesses from a lung disease related to vaping, the Trump administration has begun looking into taking e-cigarette products off the market.

There have been six deaths and more than 450 reported cases across 33 states, according to US health officials, with many of those reported cases involving young people.

When asked about the decision, this is what Trump had to say about it:

We can’t allow people to get sick and we can’t have our youth be so affected – and I’m hearing it. That’s how the First Lady got involved.

She’s got a son – together – that is a beautiful young man, and she feels very very strongly about it.

She’s seen it, we’re both reading it. A lot of people are reading it. But people are dying… with vaping.

So obviously, that’s barely a coherent statement but that’s what people expect from Trump these days.

What many people picked up on was the president’s strange way of referring to his son, Barron – “She’s got a son”…

Why does Trump talk about his own son like he belongs to someone else?

More importantly, why does Trump care so much about vaping?

There are a lot of things that kill people which Trump doesn’t want to ban – one thing in particular comes to mind…

It's also worth pointing out that not everyone agrees with banning all flavoured e-cigarettes as the best way to deal with the problem.

Although it wouldn’t hurt to stop vaping if you can.

This is what the American Lung Association said on the issue this week:

E-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. No one should use e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product.

This message is even more urgent today following the increasing reports of vaping-related illnesses and deaths nationwide.

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