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Health Officials Continue to Investigate Hospitalizations Linked to Vaping


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to investigate multiple cases of teenagers and young adults being hospitalized with severe lung disease that’s been connected to vaping. 11 hospitalizations have been reported, with another seven cases under investigation. Sandy Bernier, Tobacco Control Program Coordinator with the Fond du Lac County Health Department explains their efforts begin with education. “Locally, we’re working with schools and giving them a lot of educational information,” Bernier said. “We’re working with them on their school policies so that their updated, and the language is clear and concise and that they are including electronic smoking devices and not just the word ‘nicotine’, because we know other substances can be used.”

Bernier says that schools are not the only “access point” for teens and young adults to vaping and electronic smoking devices, as the pods and cartridges are available in many different places – including online. People that have ended up in the hospital have reported symptoms of fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, cough and weight loss. Health officials add that its not known whether there will be long-term health effects.

People are encouraged to visit tobaccoischanging.com to learn more about e-cigarette and vaping products.

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