Nebraska DHHS confirmed 1 case of vaping-related illness, five others under investigation


VAPING. AT LEAST ONE PERSON IN NEBRASKA
HAS GONE TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE
OF A VAPING-RELATED ILLNESS AND
FIVE OTHER CASES ARE UNDER
INVESTIGATION. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES SAYS THESE
PATIENTS RANGE FROM TEENAGE BOYS
TO MEN IN THEIR EARLY 40’S.>>WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF YOUNG
PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T PREVIOUS
SMOKERS, BUT ARE ACTUALLY
STARTING THE NICOTINE USAGE WITH
VAPING, RATHER THAN MOST ADULT
SMOKERS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING FROM COMBUSTIBLE TOBACCO TO
VAPING. CHINH: JILL SELZLE IS A TOBACCO
TREATMENT SPECIALIST AT NEBRASKA
MEDICINE. SHE SAYS DOZENS OF PEOPLE FROM
16 YEARS OLD TO THEIR 80’S HAVE
BEEN GETTING HELP TO QUIT
E-CIGARETTES.>>THE PROBLEM IS WE’RE HAVING
KIDS WHO ARE NICOTINE-NAIVE WHO
ARE BEING EXPOSED TO THIS AND SO
THE RATE OF ADDICTION
SPECIFICALLY WITH CERTAIN TYPES
OF DEVICES CAN BE REALLY HIG CHINH: SELZLE SAYS MORE TEENS
AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE DRAWN TO
VAPE PENS SINCE YOU CAN USE THEM
ANYWHERE AND ADD ANYTHING TO IT.>>A LOT OF TIMES THESE ARE
MARKETED AS TOBACCO-CESSATIO
DEVICES OR HARMLESS VAPOR
DEVICES AND REALLY WE’RE FINDING
OUT THAT’S NOT TRUE. CHINH: DOCTORS LIKE DAVID
BERKHEIM, A THORACIC SURGEON AT
NEBRASKA MEDICINE, AGREE,
EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THE RISKS
OF E-CIGARETTES. HE SAYS VAPING, LIKE SMOKING,
CAN LEAD TO DIFFICULTY
BREATHING, LUNG DISEASES, AND
EVEN CANCE
>>THE FEAR IS THAT WE WILL —
ANY IRRITATION OF THE LUNG OVER TIME CHRONICALLY CAN BE A RISK
FACTOR FOR DEVELOPING A LUNG
— A CANCER. CHINH: THE AMERICAN LUNG
ASSOCIATION IS DEEPLY CONCERNED
ABOUT THESE VAPING REPORTS. THE ASSOCIATION ALWAYS — ALSO

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