(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is notifying the community that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named the recent lung illnesses linked to vaping.
In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued last week, the CDC named the lung illnesses EVALI, which stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.” The CDC also indicated in that report a total of 1,299 cases of EVALI to the federal agency where at least 26 people have died in 21 states.
CDC and Food and Drug Administration officials have not yet pinpointed any one product or ingredient responsible for the illnesses. However, reports indicate more than 80 percent of the cases have involved THC products.
In 2018, there was a 48% increase in vaping among middle schoolers and a 78% increase in vaping among high schoolers. The continued increase in vaping among youth has been deemed a public health crisis by the Ohio Department of Health.
For more information on tobacco use, how to quit and more visit tuscadc.org or tchdnow.org.