Vaping ‘Disease’ Outbreak

Nolen Cooper, Reporter

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On September 12, 2018 the FDA labeled teen vaping as an epidemic. August 7 the FDA announced JUUL has received 127 reports of vaping related seizures. 

“Why people Juul in the first place, I have no clue. Obviously, it’s bad for you; that is just common sense,” senior Connor Pellegrini said. 

According to the CDC, there have been over 450 possible cases of lung illness linked to e-cigarettes across 33 states in America. There have been a total of six deaths reported.

“Now is the time to stop. After all these people getting sick and even dying, nobody should continue vaping,” junior Colin Eilering said. 

All reported cases of these “illnesses” have indicated use of e-cigarette and even some e-cigarette products containing cannabinoid substances such as THC. laboratory studies done in New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center showed “high levels” of vitamin E acetate, in 13 samples from eight of the 34 patients who have gotten ill in New York. Vitamin E acetate is now a “key focus” in the states investigation. Vitamin E acetate is a common dietary supplement and in skin creams. It isn’t known to be harmful when used in those ways, but the department and other experts believe that inhaling the oil could be a factor.

“No one substance, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested,” spokesman for the FDA Michael Felberbaum said, according to an article in the Washington Post.

The American Medical Association recently urged the public to avoid the use of e-cigarette products until health officials further investigate and understand the cause of the outbreak.