Illinois Department of Public Health & Memorial Medical Services Warn of Dangers of Vaping

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After three young people in Illinois were hospitalized with severe breathing problems related to vaping, the Illinois Department of Public Health is working with local health departments to warn the public about the dangers of vaping.

The use of e-cigarettes, which come in a wide variety of different flavors, has become one of the fastest growing trends among the tween and teen crowd, in large part because of the perception that it’s harmless and safe.

Vape shops that sell the products are on an effective gag order at retail shops called the “Deeming Rule” by the FDA, so they cannot tell consumers that anything has low, light, or mild side effects to sell products, so the less harmful side effects are purely anecdotal. The FDA has had no way to test most juices and blends for their chemical composition or safety.

Locally, Memorial Medical Serivces as well as other health care professionals say it’s imperative for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of vaping.

Poison control centers have managed 2,439 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine as of July 31, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The American Heart Association estimates that at least one in four teenagers is vaping, according to results of a 2015 survey of more than 15,000 teens nationwide.