An Update on Vaping

Vaping has taken the lives of 36 Americans and has injured at least 1,888 others.

The past few months have not been good for the vape industry. There has been an alarming increase in teen vaping, an unprecedented spike in respiratory illnesses related to vaping, and stricter regulations imposed on e-cigarettes.

Dubbed as the Vaping Health Crisis, there is a skyrocketing rate of cases reported by 49 states of vaping-related respiratory illness. What these cases have in common is the use of e-cigarette products that contain THC and nicotine-containing liquids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also confirmed that there are now 37 deaths related to this outbreak, the total number of people affected is up to 1888 as of 10/31/2019.

Right now the CDC does not have knowledge of what component is specifically causing the illnesses which is why their general recommendation is to avoid vaping all together until they figure out what the source is. These are the current CDC recommendations:

Even after we figure out what chemical is causing these illnesses, we still have to face the fact that e-cigarettes are addictive. The truth is that e-cigarettes are equally addictive as regular cigarettes. E-cigs contain nicotine and many users get even more nicotine when they buy extra-strength cartridges, which have higher concentrations of the addictive substance.

If you need help quitting you can call 1-866-NY-QUITS or just stop by and talk to our pharmacist about the options available to you!

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