MILWAUKEE– Statement of American Lung Association in Wisconsin in response to Milwaukee Health Department warning on vaping:
“The American Lung Association echoes the Milwaukee Health Department’s warning today to e-cigarette users: ‘Stop using any vape and/or e-cigarette devices immediately.’
“The American Lung Association is deeply concerned about the youth e-cigarette epidemic and the recent hospitalizations across 22 states attributed to vaping, including here in Wisconsin. While much remains to be determined about the reported cases of severe lung disease as well as the lasting health consequences of vaping, the American Lung Association is very troubled by what we see so far.
“No one should use any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. All tobacco products can harm health. E-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and fine particles, and the inhalation of these chemicals can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. The developing lungs of youth may be more at risk.
“The American Lung Association has more information and resources on e-cigarettes, including programs for schools to educate kids about the health risks of vaping and how to quit tobacco use. Learn more at Lung.org/ecigs.”
For media interested in speaking with an expert about e-cigarettes, tobacco use and lung health, contact the American Lung Association at Jill.Thompson@Lung.org or 312-940-7001.