The demise of a 15-year-old in Texas marks what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking at the youngest vaping-associated fatality within the U.S. because the present outbreak started last year.
Dallas County Health and Human Services officers reported the demise of a teen “with a continual underlying medical situation” who lived in Dallas County in a press release issued on New Year’s Eve and confirmed the teenager’s age to TIME.
The incident is Dallas County’s first demise associated with an e-cigarette or vaping, product-use related lung harm, native officers stated. “Reporting a loss of life in a teen resulting from EVALI is so tragic,” mentioned director of the company, Dr. Philip Huang, in an announcement. “We see that extreme lung injury, and even death, can happen with simply quick-time period use of that merchandise.”
The CDC said data suggests that the present outbreak started in June 2019. As of January 7, 2020, the CDC has acquired experiences of more than 2,600 hospitalized cases of EVALI — the official title for e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use related lung harm — or deaths from 50 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 57 deaths have been established in 27 states and D.C. with ages starting from 15 by way of 75, in response to the CDC, which notes that extra deaths are “at present underneath investigation.”
Last month, the CDC introduced that vitamin E acetate is an enormous purpose for the nation’s vaping-associated lung sickness outbreak, which it additionally indicated, seems to be coming to a finish.
E-cigarettes stay unlawful for these youthful than 18; however, the legislation has performed little to cease teenagers from vaping in more significant numbers. Federal data notes that amongst center and highschool college students, e-cigarette use increased from 3.6 million in 2018 to 5.4 million in 2019. The New York Times reported that earlier than the Texas teen’s demise, the youngest reported vaping fatality was a 17-year-old who lived within the Bronx borough of New York City.