The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that the number of severe vaping diseases has increased again. There are now 2,506 cases in total across the country.
EVALI is an acronym for ecigarette or vaping products use associated lung injury.
Investigators have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause, but there are some clues. In many cases, counterfeit weed pens were involved. vitamin oil is a carrier oil that has been used in illicit vapes.
The CDC said that there are probably multiple substances or products causing fatigue, coughing and fever, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and EVALI.
More deaths are being investigated.
Vaping has steadily increased in popularity among youth for many years, despite the rapid increase in vaping lung diseases in 2019.
The American Journal of Public Health published a report on Thursday that found a growing number of young people are trying e-cigarettes.
According to the report, the percentage of children using e-cigarettes at age 14 tripled from 2014 to last year.
Experts in addiction say that nicotine can be particularly damaging to developing brains.
We know that children who start using nicotine and tobacco products earlier are more likely than others to develop addictions and continue using them into adulthood. Rebecca Evans-Polce, a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health, University of Michigan, is the author of the study.
The new study focuses on the National Youth Tobacco Survey (a government-sponsored annual report that examines tobacco trends among middle and high school students across the nation). The new study included survey responses from over 26,000 students.
Evans-Polce said that NBC News parents and doctors should be aware of the fact that children as young 12 are experimenting vaping. Her research didn’t specify which substance the children were vaping.
These new findings follow a separate report that was published earlier this week, which found that the number of teenagers vaping marijuana had doubled from last year. In the period between 2018 and 2019, the number of high school seniors reporting vaping marijuana within the last month increased from 7.5 to 14 percent.
Most teenagers and young adults do not vape to quit smoking regular cigarettes.
The American Academy of Family Physicians interviewed 1,000 people aged 16-30, all of whom vaped tobacco products.
Fifty-nine per cent said that they vaped “to relax.” Survey respondents in their teens or early 20s are more likely to vape to fit in or socialize with their peers than older people.