Jimmy Kimmel on Trump Clamping Down on Vaping, Not Guns: 'Maybe If the NRA Starts Flavoring Those, He'll Ban Them'

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are waging a campaign against vaping, because of the harmful effects flavored e-cigarettes have on children, they say.

To that, Jimmy Kimmel has responded: What about guns?

In his monologue on Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night talk show host pointed out the irony of the plan to save children's lives by banning vaping, while gun-based violence, including mass shootings on school campuses, continues to be an epidemic in the U.S.

The proposed ban on non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes comes after a sixth person in the U.S. is thought to have died this week from an illness related to vaping.

"Many of the people who vape are young people, so Trump now wants to ban [e-cigarettes] to protect children from being harmed and killed," said Kimmel Wednesday night. "I think that's good, I'm fine with it."

Kimmel went on, "Hey, you know what else harms and kills children? Assault rifles do," which prompted applause from his audience.

The comedian then quipped: "Maybe if the NRA starts flavoring those, he'll ban them too."

The first lady expressed concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youngsters on Twitter this week.

On Monday, she wrote: "I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. 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."

And earlier Wednesday, the first lady said: "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."

Later, at a press conference, President Trump said "people are dying with vaping, so we're looking at it very closely."

"We can't allow people to get sick, we can't have our youth get so affected," Trump added.

"We're going to have some strong rules, regulations, and more importantly, we're going to have some very important information come out."

In a press release Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was working on finalizing a compliance policy that would ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products.

The FDA said more than a quarter of high school students identified as e-cigarette users in 2019 and "the overwhelming majority of youth e-cigarette users cited the use of popular fruit and menthol or mint flavors."

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said: "We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth."