Recent headlines about a mysterious vaping-related lung illness that has resulted in the deaths of at least 26 people in 21 states—including three in Indiana—have riveted the nation. To date, 1,299 cases have been reported of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette products.
Especially worrisome is the rapidly rising rate of youth vaping. A recent survey shows e-cigarette use among Indiana high schoolers increased more than 380% from 2012 to 2018. What’s particularly troubling is that many students inaccurately believe vaping is not harmful.
While we must continue our efforts to address youth vaping, we can’t forget about the far more deadly consequences of smoking. This is especially critical given strong evidence showing children and adolescents who vape are significantly more likely to go on to use traditional cigarettes.