- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that 34 people have died so far from vaping-related illnesses.
- The median age of the people who have treated for vaping-related illnesses is 23, alarming health professionals.
- Here are nine alarming facts about vaping and the health risks it has linked to so far.
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Vaping has been linked to nearly three dozen deaths to date, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is still unsure of what exactly is causing them.
Some companies have attempted to market vaping products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, but many health experts reject this stance, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved e-cigarette use as a method to quit smoking, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
While much is still unknown about the effects vaping has on the body, the data that we already have suggest a connection between the trend and several serious health complications.
“As the current cluster of lung diseases indicates, without regulation and quality control, a product that may seem safe today could be dangerously contaminated tomorrow,” Thomas Eissenberg, co-director for the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, wrote for The Guardian.
Here are nine alarming facts about vaping and the health risks it has been linked to so far.
As of mid-October, more than 1,600 cases of lung injury caused by vaping had been reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
At least 34 people have died so far as a result of vaping products.
Over a quarter of high school seniors reported vaping in the last 30 days, while fewer are using traditional cigarettes.
About 40% of young people who began using electronic cigarettes had never used traditional tobacco products.
Many of the recent deaths and illnesses were likely caused by black-market vaping products.
Many e-cigarette users may be unwittingly ingesting toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde due to a process called ‘thermal decomposition.’
One company, Juul, accounts for about two-thirds of all e-cigarette sales in America.