CBS News reports that within the last month at least a dozen young people in Wisconsin ranging from teens to those in their mid-thirties have been hospitalized requiring treatment for severe lung damage, and that the number is steadily rising. All the affected patients appear to have been harmed by using Juul vaped tobacco products.
Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has officially confirmed 12 cases and is in the midst of investigating at least 13 others, including cases involving older patients who show identical kinds of lung damage due to e-cigarette vaping.
As CBS notes, a study published in the journal Pediatrics last year found a number of different toxic chemicals in e-cigarettes, including one linked to several types of cancer. Many of the dangerous chemicals even turned up in non-nicotine products like fruit-flavored vapes, which are especially appealing to adolescents.
“It’s mind-boggling,” Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, told CBS News. “The vast majority of people who smoke started as children or as young teens, and yet you don’t hear about people getting lung cancer until their 40s, 50s, 60s,” she said. “Think about that compared to what’s happening to these kids now. I’ve never heard of a smoker ending up in the hospital in their teens.”
Juul and e-cigarette popularity amongst children and teens is of particular concern due to the high instance of lung problems that appear to be affecting young people at higher rates than other populations. “The same amount of vaping for a child that weighs, say, 100 pounds, is a bigger issue than for somebody who weighs 200 pounds,” Zuckerman said.
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