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A new study by Cleveland Clinic Children’s finds that teens who regularly vape THC are likely to develop a serious condition associated with vaping known as EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury.

Since late last year, hospitals have seen a rise in the number of teens and adolescent patients seeking help for acute lung injury not only in Ohio but other parts of the country.   

Dr. Fariba Rezaee says teens who vape believe it is safer than smoking, which is part of the problem.

Efforts to stem the tide of teen vaping seem to be a step behind the market. By the time Juul pulled most of its flavored pods from the market in October of 2019, many teens had already moved on to an array of newer, disposable vape products.

The federal government recently raised the smoking age to 21 to help curb teen vaping.  Some are applauding the decision as a win for public health. Others worry it was a knee-jerk reaction.

Just a few weeks ago, some Midwest state legislatures were aiming to raise the legal age for smoking. But Congress moved first, setting a new national age limit of 21. Now, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. 

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The Trump administration announced it will crack down on certain vaping products containing fruit, mint and other e-cigarette flavors to keep them away from kids. Manufacturers will have 30 days to take these products off the market before the Food and Drug Administration can take enforcement action.

The number of vaping deaths have climbed over 50 as the outbreak of lung injury cases have topped 2,500 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the number of hospitalizations slowed in recent weeks, the latest figures released on Thursday show that most people who have had lung injuries after vaping had consumed THC-containing products.

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 people have reported vaping-related lung illnesses, and 47 have died. Some vaping happens in schools, so they share the burden of bringing this crisis under control. Which raises the question: what should the consequences be for a student caught vaping?

Wellness Wednesday: Vaping Bans

Nov 27, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
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In September, president Trump promised that a ban on flavored e-cigarettes was forthcoming.

Last week, CNN reported that the president is changing course after being told that a ban on flavored vaping products could hurt his standing with his base.

But the issue remains front and center among representatives on both sides.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher, vaping in the U.S., and more.

The Trump administration's plan to ban most flavored vaping products has stalled out, at least for the moment.

Two months ago, President Trump announced he was pursuing the new policy to put a dent in the youth vaping epidemic. The plan was supposed to have been unveiled in a matter of weeks.

But industry pushback and the politics of vaping appear to have derailed that process.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a breakthrough in the investigation into the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries that has led to the deaths of 39 people and sickened more than 2,000 others.

Investigators announced Friday that they have detected a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate in all the samples of lung fluid collected from 29 patients who were hospitalized after vaping, suggesting a possible culprit for the spate of lung injuries that has swept across the U.S.

Kroger, Walgreens To Stop Selling E-Cigarettes In U.S.

Oct 8, 2019
A woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
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Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the state's efforts to regulate the vaping industry after a string of vaping-related injuries and deaths. James Jarvis, president of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association, joins the show. 

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
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On the very day a new excise tax on vaping products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes.

Wellness Wednesday: Dangers Of Vaping

Oct 2, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine has asked state lawmakers to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Ohio. His request comes as concerns grow about the health effects of vaping.

The Ohio Health Department this year has identified 22 cases of severe breathing illnesses likely caused by vaping. More than 800 similar cases, including several deaths, have been reported across the U.S.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the health risks of vaping and young people.

 

 

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The recent numbers of vaping-related illness are alarming, at best; at worst, in the eyes of federal officials, the U.S. is embroiled in a deadly, mysterious and "ongoing outbreak" across the country.

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