Since August 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 60 deaths and of thousands of lung injuries across the nation that can be linked to the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, according to Breitbart.
The use of electronic cigarettes and vaping products is a trend that has been widely embraced in recent years. Of course, without any substantial existing research on the long-term effects of the habit, the attendant health risks weren’t previously known. But as time goes on, the number of illnesses related to vaping illustrates a concerning trend.
Sadly, thousands of people — many of them teenagers — have become live test subjects for the effects of e-cigarettes.
According to CDC data released on Jan. 14 of this year, 2,668 cases of hospitalization or death related to lung diseases caused by vaping were reported across the United States.
The previously unknown lung disease that is closely associated with vaping has been named EVALI by the CDC, which stands for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury.
Cases around the nation of otherwise healthy individuals presenting with respiratory issues began to crop up last year after the vaping phenomenon swept the country.
The patients who were suffering these kinds of severe and even fatal lung infections all had used electronic cigarettes or vaping devices.
The CDC is still gathering data and is hard at work investigating additional deaths that appear to be EVALI-related.
The outbreak in sudden illnesses and deaths, especially in otherwise healthy young people, drove the Trump administration last fall to propose sweeping bans of the devices and liquids used in them.
The administration backed off comprehensive bans, but The Hill reports that the administration chose to enact a ban in early January targeting the flavored liquid vaping products, which tend to be most popular with teens.
The CDC is also now recommending that “e-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.”
It has also been suggested that since most documented cases of EVALI have involved e-cigarette or vaping products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, everyone should avoid using products with THC or any other such additives.