WACO, Texas (KWTX) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday revised its measure of the outbreak of illness in people who vape and now says there are 380 confirmed and probable cases in a total of 36 states and one U.S. territory, fewer than the 450 cited earlier.
Federal health officials are urging people not to vape until the cause of the illnesses, which resemble inhalation injuries, is determined, and a local doctor shares the concern.
"As of 2018 about 20% of high schoolers have tried vaping and 5% of middle schoolers so it's certainly on the rise as far as prevalence of the vaping in general," said Dr. John Snider of the Baylor Scott & White Midway Clinic.
"Unfortunately, these products are sometimes being marketed towards the middle schoolers and high schooler's so some of the devices look like USB ports, pens, pencils, things like that," Snider said.
Snider says many people who use e-cigarettes have no idea what is going into their lungs.
“So you've got inhalation particles deep down into the lungs, things like nicotine and tobacco products, but also things that we aren't quite sure that's in there. Possibly heavy metals and other chemical exposures and those can lead to both short term and long term consequences for the lungs."
“Doctors are now asking about vaping specifically for as before we were really only asking about cigarettes smoking traditional cigarettes,” he said.