Do you smoke e-cigarettes? Well, smoking e-cigarette is dangerous. If you doubt me, let me break the news to you. 14 people from Illinois and Wisconsin have been hospitalized over the past month vaping result.
Just early this month, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) officials announced that 11 teenagers and young adults have been diagnosed with lung disease as a result of using e-cigarettes. Earlier in July, 8 cases were reported before another 11 in August. In fact, another 7 cases are still under investigation.
According to the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), 3 young adults have also been hospitalized after being diagnosed with vaping-related lung disease.
The press release from the WDHS states that the admitted patients experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, weight loss, cough, chest pain, fatigue and nausea. The department said while the severity varied from patient to patient, some cases were bad that they need breathing assistance.
According to a Wisconsin-based news channel, Fox 6 Now, a patient, a Burlington, Wisconsin man in his mid-20s, was put in a medically-induced coma because of lung damage from vaping.
“Vaping has increased among teens over the past years,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, IDPH Director wrote in a press release. While the research on both short and long term effects of vaping are still on, these recent hospitalizations heighten why parents need to talk with teens about vaping and the potential dangers it poses.
The danger of smoking e-cigarettes
It is not only Illinois and Wisconsin, a 2018 report from the surgeon general stated that over 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 20 middle school students and 1 in 5 high school students, use e-cigarettes regularly. The worst thing is that teens are more likely to reap the consequences of vaping than adults.
Teens may actually suffer more harm from an e-cigarette than adults for some reasons. First, their brain is more susceptible to nicotine addiction than adults. Also, their lungs, especially the alveoli, are still developing into mid-adolescence. So teens may really be exposing themselves to harmful chemicals that can easily destroy their developing lung.
E-cigarette typically contains ultrafine particles, heavy metals and harmful flavorings, which are very harmful to even developed lungs. For instance, e-cigarette emissions have been shown to contain, a carcinogen, formaldehyde and materials that can permanently damage the lung, such as acrolein (which can permanently damage lungs) and diacetyl (which can cause popcorn lung).
The bottom line
While the possible cause of the incidents is still being investigated, officials are warning that any e-cigarette smoker who is experiencing any type of chest pain or finding it difficult to breathe after vaping should seek medical attention immediately.