Three Cases of Severe Pulmonary Illness Linked to Vaping in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio Department of Health says three cases of severe pulmonary illness have been reported across the state, as a result of vaping.

Health officials are also investigating 11 other reports of illness.

The three severe cases range in age from 18 to 26 years old, and are in Union, Richland, and Lucas counties.

ODH issued an alert in August for healthcare providers to report severe cases of pulmonary illness possibly linked to vaping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their recommendations regarding vaping, including not buying vaping products off the street, and to avoid vaping if users are concerned about the health risks.

Vaping is marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, and the products contain nicotine, the addictive drug also found in tobacco products.

Many politicians and health advocates are arguing for tighter regulations on vaping products, and the companies that make them, with many consider them marketed to teens.

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