As news breaks of the Trump administration’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes, Sen. Cory Gardner addressed the issue yesterday. He gave a statement to Politico, which reported that he is pushing for federal action:

“We can’t continue to keep our heads in the sand on the federal level while this is happening at the state level.”

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Politico, 9/10/19

Vaping is on the rise, especially among teenagers. The ease with which American youth can acquire these potentially deadly devices is sufficiently concerning to Sen. Gardner and the Trump administration that both are apparently willing to consider federal regulation instead of the more traditional conservative approach of letting market forces and state governments address the problem.

According to ABC, the administration’s proposed regulations are in response to an unknown respiratory disease that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more.

In other news, last week ABC also reported there have been at least nineteen mass shootings in the United States this year, killing 116 people.

Deadly Mass Shootings in 2019, ABC News graphic, 9/3/19