Vaping has often been advertised as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, but its rise among kids and teens has created a new smoking concern.
Last year, a vaping-related lung disease forced state’s to halt sales of vape pens, specifically to minors.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported the state’s first vaping-related lung injury death in October 2019. There have been two others since then, including one confirmed in January 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of Jan. 2020, 2,602 cases have been identified in 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories.
Number of Hospitalized EVALI Cases or Deaths Reported to CDC as of January 21, 2020:
Patients report respiratory issues with some being put on oxygen support, as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss. Most of the patients are in their late teens and 20s with no underlying health issues. The only thing patients have in common is vaping.