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President Donald Trump arrives with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson to deliver a speech to supporters in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday, April 27, 2019.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is urging President Donald Trump not to move forward with flavor restrictions for vaping products, citing worries about job losses and fewer alternatives for cigarette smokers.

"I am supportive of regulations that ensure the safety of consumer products, and common-sense efforts that prevent youth access to e-cigarettes," Johnson wrote in a letter to Trump dated Wednesday. "But I am strongly opposed to far-reaching, unchecked government action that stifles innovation and restricts adults’ freedom to choose safer alternatives to smoking."

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to release Trump's plan to restrict sales of vaping products, which have been tied to a surge of lung injuries and even deaths.

Among the expected rules are raising the age to purchase them legally from 18 to 21 and potentially restrictions on flavors in an effort to curb vaping use among teens.