Vaping Hospitalizes Teens in Wisconsin
Written by Family First Adolescent Services,
in Section Family Resources
Teen vaping has officially become an epidemic in the United States
On December 18, 2018, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued only his fourth advisory in ten years:
"I am officially declaring e-cigarette use [vaping] among youth an epidemic in the United States,” Dr. Adams said.
As to why he issued such a rare advisory, his office states that it’s due to the unprecedented numbers of teens developing a nicotine addiction due to vape-related products (e-cigarettes, cartridges, etc.).
According to the Surgeon General’s report, 8 percent of sophomores, and 3.5 percent of 8th-graders reported to “vaping in a one month period.”
To be clear, and to add even more concern to the report’s findings, these numbers only include teens who admitted to vaping, when, in fact, these numbers are likely to be far worse.
More Addictive than Cigarettes
The most concerning part of his report, according to Dr. Jerome Adams, is that most young people believe vaping to be a harmless alternative to that of traditional means of smoking tobacco (cigarettes, hookah, etc.).
Unfortunately, according to leading experts, this widely-held belief among young people is far from being the case.
According to a New England Journal of Medicine, there are certain types of vape-related products that contain a concentrated level of nicotine, making the nicotine-liquid found inside to be even more addictive than cigarettes.
Reports of Vaping Severely Damaging the Lungs of Teens
Admittedly, while there hasn’t been much research on the long-term, negative health effects concerning vape-related products, there are new reports coming out of a children’s hospital in Wisconsin that seemingly forecast that is likely soon to change.
According to local officials, eight teenagers were hospitalized with serious lung damage due to excessive vaping.
While this report is just a drop in the bucket in terms of empirical evidence that proves the extent of potential harms from adolescent vaping, experts believe it is just the beginning.
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Eight teenagers in Wisconsin have been hospitalized with serious lung damage after vaping, according to health officials.
All of the teenagers were hospitalized during the month of July, according to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the facility where the teens were treated. These patients experienced a number of respiratory symptoms — including shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and fatigue — in the days and weeks leading up to their hospitalization. Some of the teens needed medical assistance to breathe. The teens also experienced nausea, diarrhea, and weight loss.