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Wisconsin Teens Face Lung Injuries Allegedly Caused By E-Cigarettes.

Eight teenagers in Wisconsin this month have (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vaping-lung-damage-eight-teens-southeastern-wisconsin-hospitalized-over-the-last-month-doctors/) been hospitalized  with lung injuries that doctors believe are likely caused by vaping. All of the teens - from Milwaukee, Waukesha and Winnebago counties - have had a recent history of e-cigarette use.

Medical imaging showed the teens having lung damage, with each complaining of symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, coughing and chest pain. They are still in recovery. 

A pediatric pulmonologist who treated the teens said they are "not breathing well" and "look very sick."

The hospitalizations follow congressional hearings this week where lawmakers accused San Francisco-based e-cigarette company Juul (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/25/juul-hearing-scrutinizes-start-ups-role-teen-vaping-epidemic.html) of discretely advertising its e-cigarettes to underage consumers.

E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products, which means it is illegal to sell to individuals under the age of 18. 

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/18/smoking-vaping-bill-would-raise-age-limit-21-nationwide/3507599002/) a bill in Congress earlier this year asking for the age to buy tobacco products and vaping devices be raised from 18 to 21. 

Vaping is when an individual uses a device, known as a vaporizer, that can vaporize substances for inhalation. One of the most popular vaporizers are e-cigarettes, which can deliver nicotine without the smoke of a traditional cigarette. 

Although vaping and using e-cigarettes is considered less harmful than smoking, the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease said that nicotine, which is used in e-cigarettes and other vaporizers, still raises the (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping) risk of heart attack  and causes addiction.   

A study of (https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2019/02/13/tobaccocontrol-2018-054694) more than 28,171 U.S. adults  found that those who vape are more likely to wheeze, putting them more at risk for respiratory disease. 

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Date:Jul 28, 2019
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