Vaping has increased in popularity. One of the reasons for this is due to the perception that it is a healthier alternative to smoking. Is that the case, however, Is vaping really healthier than actually smoking real cigarettes? Recent reports in the United States highlight that there have been eighteen confirmed deaths and more than a thousand cases of vaping illnesses, which continue to increase at a dramatic pace. This information has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is stated that this outbreak shows no sign of slowing down. The data compiled thus far shows no indication that the outbreak has peaked and neither that it will decline.
What is also shocking is the fact that these cases come from almost fifty different States in the US. It is yet to be determined what is making people sick. From the number of cases analysed, a significant percentage of patients vaped tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.
Considering the seriousness of this outbreak, the CDC has appealed to people to stop vaping, especially THC and any other ingredient bought off the street. Initially, it seems that it is worse for older patients, as deaths are more common in that segment.
This issue is being given the utmost importance, with the CDC dispatching over a hundred physicians and investigators, ever since the lung disease became a considerable health threat in July. Initially, it was believed that the illness may have been similar to a rare form of pneumonia, however with the results of new research unveiled, this theory is doubtful. It is believed that a mix of toxic chemical fuels is behind making people sick.
The CDC has stated that it will continue to work and investigate the reasons behind this illness in a bid to put a stop to it. Do you vape? Will you still continue to do so?