Out of concern for our youth, the Village of Bannockburn just passed a ban on the sale of vape products. On a national level, a number of retailers pulled the products from their shelves, including Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, Costco Wholesale, Rite Aid and Dollar General. CVS Health never sold e-cigarettes.
These moves come in response to EVALI (E-cigarette & Vaping Associated Lung Injury) which now numbers 2,290 cases and 47 deaths, including 187 cases and 5 deaths in Illinois. See the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for cases by county. The CDC advises everyone to stay away from all vaping products and advises young people not to vape.
Vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent often used in THC vape products, was found in all of the 29 lung tissue samples studied by the CDC. While the CDC identified this substance as a “chemical of concern,” Mayo Clinic tests of 17 lung tissue samples show evidence of chemical burns which is not consistent with injuries from fatty substances.
Having a caring, candid talk with your child will help determine their risk. Click HERE for local data on student vaping and what parents can do.