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15-Year-Old Youngest Patient to Die From Vaping

As of January 7, a total of 2,602 people across the country have been hospitalized for lung injuries linked to vaping. Vaping-related injuries have also claimed 57 lives, including the life of a 15-year-old from Dallas, on New Year’s Eve.


Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Phillip Huang said in a statement, “Reporting a death in a teen due to EVALI is so tragic. We are seeing that severe lung damage, and even death, can occur with just short term use of these product.” The term EVALI stands for “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury.”

On January 2, the Trump Administration announced plans to remove some flavored e-cigarette products from the market in the United States. Under the new policy, e-cigarette companies such as Juul Labs will be prohibited from selling fruit, mint and dessert e-liquid flavors. Menthol and tobacco products will still be sold.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 5.4 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019. Children as young as 11 are becoming addicted to high levels of nicotine found in Juul e-cigarettes, but their age prevents the use of many of the quit-smoking products on the market today, leaving parents, physicians and addicts without treatment options.

Data from the CDC suggests that vaping-related lung injuries may be declining, but hospitalizations and deaths linked to vaping continue to rise. Tests are showing the condition is not related to an infection and does not respond to antibiotics. In many cases, individuals are reporting symptoms that have come on gradually, including difficulty breathing, chest pain and shortness of breath. Others have reported vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and fatigue.

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