The Centers for Disease Control has reported the following facts:
• There are 805* lung injury cases reported from 46 states and 1 U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states.
• CDC has received sex and age data on 771 patients.
– About 69% of patients are male.
– Nearly two thirds (62%) of patients are 18 to 34 years old
– 22% of patients between 18-21.
– 16% of patients are under 18 years.
• All reported patients have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.
• The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak.
– About 77% reported using THC-containing products;
– 36% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products.
– About 57% reported using nicotine-containing products;
– 16% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.
I am relaying this report to you because Civil Air Patrol advocate Duncan Hunter has made the following statements in the past.
Yes, I vape. On occasion, I might even smoke a real cigarette.
Through my military career, including three combat tours, I even experienced chewing tobacco.
Now that I vape, does it mean I am one step closer to dying than say, someone who might drink too much, eat too much red meat or live an all-around unhealthy lifestyle?
To vape is to smoke an electronic cigarette, for those who don’t know. An e-cigarette is different from a regular cigarette, mainly because it does not contain tobacco. E-cigarettes contain a liquid that is vaporized—hence, the word vape—and inhaled. It might taste and smell like tobacco, but it’s not.
It’s true that vaping isn’t as sexy as smoking old-fashioned cigarettes. Generations of Americans were brought up smoking traditional tobacco products and to them, vaping may appear to be nothing more than a fad, set to eventually burn out. They’re wrong.
His full position statement was available at: http://hunter.house.gov/don%E2%80%99t-stifle-vaping… but that link has since been removed.