Governor now confirms 10 vaping-related illnesses in Ohio

Governor now confirms 10 vaping-related illnesses in Ohio
In this Aug. 28, 2019 photo a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty (Source: Robert F. Bukaty)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that there are now 10 confirmed vaping-related severe pulmonary illnesses reported in the state.

The Ohio Department of Health is investigating several more reports to determine if vaping is to blame.

At least three of the confirmed cases of severe pulmonary illness are in individuals who range in age from 18 to 26 years old, including one in Richland County.

On the same day that DeWine reported the confirmed cases, President Donald Trump announced that he is proposing that his administration bans flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to combat the recent spike in underage vaping.

Are you in favor of the president's proposal, which comes after a spike in vaping-related illnesses and deaths?

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At least 400 cases of breathing illnesses in people who used vaping products have been reported in 33 states across the country, according to U.S. health officials.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued several recommendations to the public about vaping, including:

  • Refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products if there are concerns about health risks
  • Vaping and tobacco products should not be used by youth or pregnant women
  • Do not buy vaping products off the street
  • Do not modify e-cigarettes or vaping products with any other substances that are not intended by the manufacturer
  • Monitor health symptoms if vaping products are used

The Ohio Department of Health and Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) offers assistance with quitting tobacco products.

Doctors all over the country are seeing a mysterious disease in teens and young adults. They believe it stems from vaping.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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