Medical professionals in the state of Wisconsin are looking into the possible side effects of e-cigarettes and the growing trend of vaping. This is after a rise in the cases of teens developing lung problems. A series of hospitalizations of teens from this state with breathing problems serves to reinforce the findings of previous studies on the health risks of vaping.
Considering the Health of Teen Smokers
In the month of July alone, eight Wisconsin teens were hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee under similar conditions. They were brought in after they started experiencing shortness of breath. After further investigations into who the teens were and what they had in common, it was noted that all eight of them had been vaping in the weeks and months leading up to their admission at the hospital. Other information brought forward showed that the teens were not connected and came from three different counties in the state. They required varying degrees of treatment and assistance with breathing. Doctors are still looking into the specific causes of their lung injuries.
This is not the first time that vaping has come under the spotlight for having health risks for young smokers. The use of JUUL and other forms of e-cigs has been on the rise especially among the teenage demographic. A study conducted in 2017 found that a teen’s risk of developing conditions such as bronchitis and symptoms such as congestion, coughing, and wheezing was doubled if the teen used e-cigs. This study was carried out on 2,000 senior high schoolers from Southern California.
Other studies have also pointed out a higher prevalence of asthma and chronic respiratory symptoms among teenagers who regularly vape. Researchers are continuing to investigate the cause of this link. It is likely that there are just too many chemicals involved, including nicotine, which can cause much harm to the respiratory system.