The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday 12/26/2019, “we have identified 193 potential cases in 22 states as of August 22, 2019, and 54 deaths in patients with e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI)”. The CDC has been busy investigating a “cluster” of lung-related illnesses possibly believed to be linked to e-cigarette use, though not confirmed yet.
Johns Hopkins Medicine reports, “In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900%, and 40% of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco”.
It appears that the general public and youth believe that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking cigarettes, which are responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the US per the CDC. We know the long-term effects on health with smoking cigarettes but for e-cigarettes effects are unknown.
Symptoms that were reported to the emergency department by patients in these cases ranged from difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain to vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue prior to hospitalization.
To read the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine “5 Vaping Facts you need to Know” click here.
Parents it is important to teach your children and unfortunately at a young age as vaping is popular among our youth. You will have a harder time identifying the smell as you can get scented vape solutions to cover that nicotine smell. Know the risks associated with its use. Contact Bella Family Healthcare for family care today.
Tip Sheet for Parents PDF: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf
The Truth About Vaping – Help For The Parents: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/the-truth-about-vaping-help-for-parents/
Vaping Resources for Parents: https://drugfree.org/newsroom/news-item/partnership-for-drug-free-kids-launches-vaping-resource-for-parents/