Dangers of Vaping

Enya Pooler, Reporter

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Vaping is believed to be the cause of more than 800 recent illnesses, and eight deaths in the USA. Regulatory bodies are freaking out, and yet…does anyone really know the truth about vaping?

Teens around the US are being admitted to hospitals for unknown illnesses. What is known, is that they are being caused by vaping.  The FDA is continuing to investigate what is in the toxic, addictive juice that is being put into teenagers’ and adults’ bodies resulting in collapsed lungs and a world-wide rash of vaping related illnesses.

Officials counted at least 1,479 cases of vaping-related injuries in every state except Alaska as well as in the District of Columbia and one U.S. territory, according to the CDC. After multiple health officials, lawmakers, and parents came upon this issue with teens, they wanted things to change.

“Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed by the CDC in 24 states,” says the CDC.

This crisis is now a major issue in America and why it is so dangerous to teens. It is true that teenage brains are still underdeveloped in certain areas, for example the control to understand rational thought and planning, which is why teenagers do not know how to control their addiction. Teens vape because the common belief of vaping is it is safe. 

“Not as dangerous as cigarettes” according to Truth Initiative, “and the flavors of vape juice are appealing.” 

The movement of investigation of vaping is resulting into a big ban of these products which hopefully can lead teenagers to a realization of what these things to do their bodies. And a way to figure out how they can fill the void of vaping with healthy habits.

Nicotine and E-Cigarettes have been sold across the states for almost a decade now, and the illnesses have only began this year. The lists of states that have experienced deaths for vaping has increased rapidly. 

The illness in Vaping that patients typically experienced was coughing, chest pain or shortness of breath before they were needed to be hospitalized, according to the CDC. Other reported symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss, many victims have ended up with acute respiratory distress syndrome.  

In an interview with The Washington Post, this illness is a “life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up in the lungs and prevents the oxygen people’s bodies need to function from circulating in the bloodstream.”

As the science started to develop, and as the crisis took off, now doctors are seeing these issues and finally asking their patients if they vape,” says Norcia. 

Officials say that they do not know why it is just now surfacing, but from now on it will be something that will be addressed repeatedly so things teens can be healthy and safe.

This issue is not only in the states, but around the world. Actions have been visible and it is something that is known internationally, and hopefully teens can come to the realization of what is going in and through their bodies when they make the choice to vape.