In a season of horror movies and haunted houses, doctors and researchers are investigating more real-life scares. For the CDC, FDA, and state and local health agencies, that includes a nationwide outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping.
As of October 8, 2019, the CDC has been informed of 1,299 cases of lung injury across the United States, with 21 states reporting a total of 26 deaths. All patients reported a history of vaping.
In most cases, patients also reported a history of using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products. Some of these products were obtained off the street, through illicit dealers, or from friends and family members.
Vaping risks could seriously affect youth
Among those outbreak patients whose age is known, more than one-third are under age 20. This demonstrates the growing appeal of vaping products among teenagers. Last year, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students reported that they engaged in vaping.
This can have a significant, detrimental effect on young peoples’ growing bodies. One study, recently published in Radiology, found that inhaling e-cigarette products immediately impacts vascular function, even when nicotine is not involved.
Family medicine resident Dr. Rose Marie Leslie, 29, uses the popular TikTok app to share health information with teens and young adults. Her many positive responses show that school and health leaders should get creative when it comes to warning teens about vaping risks.
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