Lung Illnesses Caused by Vaping Get Named by the CDC - EVALI
Earlier this week, USA Fox News reported that vaping-related illnesses killed at least twenty-six people and made another one thousand plus individuals ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now issued a name for the illness. The acronym EVALI is the shortened version of the CDC’s name and stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.”*
As of October 8 of this year, there have been 1,299 reported cases of EVALI from 49 states. The first vaping-related death in Texas was reported last week, and more instances of the illness are expected to come out in the upcoming months and years.
It is still unclear what part of vaping is causing the disease, but THC products have been involved in the vast majority of cases. Researchers are looking into the additives and thickeners that are used in THC cartridges that are sold on the black market as possible causes of health issues.
Much of the research into vaping has revealed that elicit cartridges are responsible for the reason onset of illnesses and deaths, however they have not ruled out mainstream products. Nicotine-containing vaping liquids have been linked to an increased risk of cancer among mice. Because nicotine is also highly addictive, many places around the country are now facing what is becoming a vaping epidemic among teens and other young people.
While vaping was initially marketed as a tool that could help smokers quit, the practice has become common among many young people who never had a smoking habit. The less offensive odor, less harsh products and the appealing flavors have made vaping a common habit for many people who would not have found cigarettes attractive. The consequences of the high number of young people addicted to e-cigarettes are not yet fully understood as the product, and the epidemic, are both fairly new.
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