The multistate outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses now has a name: EVALI (E-cigarette & Vaping Associated Lung Injury). As of October 24, there are more than 1,600 cases and 34 deaths, including two deaths in Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) highlights the latest cases by county. Patients range in age between 13 and 75. The youngest person who died was 17 years old.
According to the CDC, the recent national and state findings suggest products containing THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) are linked to most cases and play a major role in the outbreak. That said, 10% of patients report using nicotine-only vapes. The CDC advises everyone to stay away from all vaping and advises young people not to vape.
Data shows that students in our schools who vape are significantly more likely to use marijuana. 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.