The Truth About Vaping

The Truth About Vaping

As of October 1st, 2019, there are 1080 patients reporting lung injuries and 18 reported deaths in the United States from e-cigarettes and vaping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these patients, 70% are males and 80% are under 35 years of age. Despite a large portion of anti-vaping ads targeted towards minors, only 16% of reported vaping casualties affected those under 18. The CDC wants to make it clear, there is no singular product connected to these cases but they recommend stopping all vaping, particularly using THC products. 

You may have seen claims that THC vape products are to blame for the destruction of young lungs, but is this just a cop-out? Seventy-eight percent of documented lung injury patients admitted to using products claiming to contain THC. While this is certainly a significant number, 17% of patients assert the exclusive use of nicotine vape products.

Cone Health, in Greensboro North Carolina, reports at least 8 vaping-related illnesses treated at Moses Cone Hospital. An unidentified Virginian died from a vaping-related illness at the hospital. Dr. Ramaswamy,  who has treated half of the patients admitted for vaping complications at Cone, stated, “This is really because the lungs are severely inflamed, we call this Acute Lung Injury or ARDS, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, that’s really how they die from it.” He acknowledges the connection between black market THC products and vaping-related illnesses. “Whether that in itself played a role, or it’s something about the marijuana that’s playing a role or other chemicals in the vape playing a role, we do not know.”

Uwharrie Charter Academy recently hosted High Point’s Luka Kinard. Kinard, 16, began vaping in high school. Kinard’s vape of choice was the popular JUUL. JUUL’s contain a high concentration of nicotine, making them possibly more dangerous to teenagers. His addiction became too much to handle as he was selling his clothes to buy the product. Kinard says he was taking in the amount of nicotine as 80 cigarettes a day before his wake up call. After suffering a seizure, his parents sent Kinard to an addiction rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. Now, the teen travels the country sharing his story and imploring others his age to stop vaping.