The Vaping Epidemic The Vaping Epidemic

24 Sep , 2019
Recently, 7 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses. Although several of the deaths were in adults with underlying health problems, it’s important to be aware of what has been happening and what several officials have said, as well as plans of action, for the reported illness cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that there are at least 380 vaping-related respiratory illnesses across 36 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. There may be more cases across the country, but the CDC is counting only those that have been confirmed or are highly probable (to vaping) because all other causes of other lung infections have been ruled out by physicians.

Forty-four state health departments overall have reported investigations into more than 500 possible cases, illustrating the broader scope of the epidemic. Late Tuesday, the Arizona Department of health confirmed three cases, the state’s first. All patients however, are currently out of the hospital and currently recovering.

The surge in cases prompted the CDC to activate its emergency operations center on Monday (9/16).

“CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-related injuries and deaths.” Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC’s director, said in a statement.

Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to ban non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes. Michigan was the first state to already implement a new law prohibiting the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes to curb the underage vaping epidemic.

The governors of California and New York also recently announced emergency plans to ban sales of the flavored devices. The theory? Well, the fruity flavors are what the addiction experts say gets teens and young adults hooked on vaping in the first place.

What are your thoughts on the cases that have been happening? Will you still continue to vape even though people around the U.S. are daily being clinically diagnosed with vaping-related illnesses?
Recently, 7 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses. Although several of the deaths were in adults with underlying health problems, it’s important to be aware of what has been happening and what several officials have said, as well as plans of action, for the reported illness cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that there are at least 380 vaping-related respiratory illnesses across 36 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. There may be more cases across the country, but the CDC is counting only those that have been confirmed or are highly probable (to vaping) because all other causes of other lung infections have been ruled out by physicians.

Forty-four state health departments overall have reported investigations into more than 500 possible cases, illustrating the broader scope of the epidemic. Late Tuesday, the Arizona Department of health confirmed three cases, the state’s first. All patients however, are currently out of the hospital and currently recovering.

The surge in cases prompted the CDC to activate its emergency operations center on Monday (9/16).

“CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-related injuries and deaths.” Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC’s director, said in a statement.

Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to ban non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes. Michigan was the first state to already implement a new law prohibiting the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes to curb the underage vaping epidemic.

The governors of California and New York also recently announced emergency plans to ban sales of the flavored devices. The theory? Well, the fruity flavors are what the addiction experts say gets teens and young adults hooked on vaping in the first place.

What are your thoughts on the cases that have been happening? Will you still continue to vape even though people around the U.S. are daily being clinically diagnosed with vaping-related illnesses?
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