INDIANAPOLIS, Ind, (WEHT/CNN) – Vaping is becoming more lethal every day in America.
At least 19 people have now died from vaping related illnesses.
The Center for Disease Control says it’s received reports of more than 1,000 injury cases.
According to the CDC, youth cigarette use is down, but e-cigarette popularity among kids is growing.
And a new CDC report shows as of September 24th there have been more than 800 patients with lung injuries related to vaping and e-cigarettes.
69% of the cases are males and 16% are kids under the age of 18.
The CDC is sending a strong warning for everyone to stop using vaping products.
States across the country are taking action: New York, Michigan, and Utah are just some of the places putting a restriction on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
Ryan Bartlett with the Utah Department of Health says, “Any store that chooses not to comply is in violation of state law.”
But an executive order to do the same in Washington state was met with pushback from store owners.
The heated debate will likely continue as the CDC works to pinpoint a cause for the vaping related deaths.
(This story was originally published on October 4, 2019)