CBS, WarnerMedia, Viacom to stop running e-cigarettes ads after vaping illnesses, deaths

Brett Molina, USA TODAY

CBS, WarnerMedia and Viacom said they will no longer run advertisements for e-cigarettes on their networks after an outbreak of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. 

A CBS spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY the network will not take any e-cigarette advertising. In a statement to CNBC, WarnerMedia said it's dropping e-cigarette ads from TNT and TBS. 

A WarnerMedia spokesperson wasn't immediately available for comment. 

Last week, fellow WarnerMedia network CNN told The Daily Beast it was dropping the ads. 

"Given warnings from the CDC, the AMA and the American Lung Association to consumers, our company has revised its policies regarding e-cigarette advertising, and will no longer accept advertising for this category," WarnerMedia spokeswoman Jennifer Toner told CNBC in a statement.

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“After reviewing the recent reports regarding the potentially serious health threats posed by e-cigarettes, Viacom has revised its policies regarding e-cigarette advertising, and will no longer air ads in this category effective immediately,” Viacom said in a statement to USA TODAY.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more than 450 cases of a lung disease suspected to be linked to vaping products. At least six deaths have been attributed to the disease.

Last week, President Donald Trump said he will seek to ban the sale of flavored vape products to discourage e-cigarette use. "It's causing a lot of problems, and we're going to have to do something about it," Trump said.

This month, Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, citing health concerns related to vaping.  

Contributing: Kelly Tyko

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