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A Quick Update on Vaping

The buzz around vaping has been getting louder recently. A lot of news has come out, and it can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with. So, here’s a quick update with the key points about what we know and what the research is telling us that will keep you up to speed.

805 lung injuries and 12 deaths in the U.S. are linked to vaping according to the CDC. The CDC is currently investigating what specific chemical exposures are causing this outbreak, but is still unclear about the exact cause of these injuries. Based on what it has gathered so far, the CDC suggests that vaping “products containing THC play a role in the outbreak.”

Tank-style e-cigarettes

Because of a new study showing the higher presence of heavy metals in tank-style e-cigarettes, these models can be especially dangerous. Tank-style models are designed to offer customization to consumers who want more powerful components and larger e-juice capacities. Tank-style models have more metal components than their smaller counterparts, and metal components along with higher power are correlated with higher levels of metal present in the vapor that is produced by these products. Inhalation of the 11 metals typically found in vapes can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms, respiratory distress, nasal cavity damage, lung cancer and other negative health effects.

Two of the 12 deaths in the U.S. have been in Kansas, and nearly one in four Kansas teens have tried vaping according to a statewide survey. In Johnson County, over one in five teens have tried vaping. With this type of prevalence in our community, it’s important that we encourage one another to avoid vaping and make sure our community takes active steps to be healthier.

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