How Many People Have Died From Vaping 2023?

March 19, 2024

Jake had never smoked traditional cigarettes, but when he began using vapes as a teenager, his mother, Mary Lou Warn, saw the addiction take hold. He was hooked on the fruity flavors and nicotine packed into the small pods that fit in his e-cigarette. Vaping is popular with adolescents and young adults who crave the buzz nicotine provides, but it has a hidden cost that health officials are just beginning to understand.

As Jake grew into a young man, he became an elite athlete on his high school track and soccer teams. But as his asthma flared up while running or playing, he started having difficulty breathing. His doctor referred him to the Children’s Hospital of Boston, where he received treatment for a lung condition known as EVALI, or e-cigarette/vapor product use-associated lung injury.

While a diagnosis of EVALI may sound like the flu or pneumonia, doctors say it is a serious condition and should not be ignored. The cause of EVALI is unknown, because the devices have only been on the market for 10 years, and there haven’t been enough long-term studies to know what effects they will have on our cardiovascular or pulmonary systems in the future.


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