These statistics are concerning, and scarier still is the fact that officials are unsure of what is causing such severe pulmonary illness in some e-cigarette users.
The CDC has noted similarities
among most of these cases, including patients reporting difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, chest pain, and exhaustion before being hospitalized. Of the patients hospitalized, many also reported recent use of vaping products with THC, an active compound in marijuana.
While most of these cases share certain characteristics, the CDC and state health departments across the country are working together to find the specific cause for the recent incidences of lung illness.
Can e-cigarette use be tied to cancer?
The long-term effects of vaping have yet to be seen, but cancer researchers are currently studying e-cigarette use and its impact on health and wellness. We do know that the vapor from e-cigarettes
contains some of the same cancer-causing chemicals that traditional cigarettes do, like formaldehyde, but in smaller amounts.
While it’s true that using e-cigarettes is probably less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes, it seems that they still present health risks that we should all keep in mind before deciding to JUUL