By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today
The New York Times has put together a useful cheat sheet of sorts to track the illnesses and deaths related to vaping (as well as what’s being learned to help prevent future injury). You can read the whole article here (along with informative graphics and images), but here’s a quick rundown (as of October 2):
- 805 lung injury cases
- 16 deaths linked to vaping
- Vaping-related deaths have been reported in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia.
- Lung damage from vaping resembles chemical burns or toxic chemical exposure
- 531 reported cases have been men and 234 have been women (6 are unknown)
- Ages range from younger than 18 to older than 45; 293 cases range in age from 25 to 34; 120 are under 18.
- 77% of patients reported vaping THC products; 57% reported vaping nicotine products
- Dank Vapes (whose labels can be found online and then placed on unregulated products) are the most commonly reported brand used by patients with vaping-related lung injuries
Source: The New York Times