As we head into the holiday season, most of us are anticipating spending more time with family and loved ones. Kids are wriggling with excitement at the thought of sleeping in, not doing homework and spending time with their friends. Parents are looking forward to seeing their kids more. Perhaps there will be a chance parents will talk to their kids about vaping.
Most readers are aware by now that vaping is considered a health hazard and a public health epidemic that is taking our schools by storm. The delivery devices come in smaller and less obvious packages all the time. There is one that looks like a USB flash drive. There are smokeless devices. The product inside comes in a host of tasty flavors such as caramel and spearmint. According to a 2014 survey, 81% of youth e-cigarette users stated appealing flavors as the primary reason for use.
The Centers for Disease Control has issued an official health advisory which states that e-cigarette use has been associated with severe lung disease. They are calling it E-cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI).
There have been cases reported around the country of young children, as young as 9 or 11 years old, admitted to pediatric intensive care units in acute respiratory failure.