The CDC names a rapidly growing illness in the U.S.
As of October 21, 2019, there have been over 1,500 cases vaping related illnesses reported in 49 states, along with 33 deaths. Awareness of lung problems associated with vaping became widely known when several stories went viral on social media, including one of a 17-year-old young woman, Simah Herman, in the hospital showing a sign to the world expressing, “I want to start a no vaping campaign.”
This dramatic photo made everyone take notice of the potential health issues associated with vaping. Herman went to the hospital on August 15, 2019. Since that day, in just over 60 days, there are now over 1,500 reported cases. The rapid growth in illness led many to step up to do something, including Walmart banning the sale of e-cigarettes. According to rollingstone.com, Walmart has banned the sale of e–cigarettes at all its stores, citing the lack of information regarding its health risks. In the midst of a nationwide vaping-related illness epidemic that has resulted in at least eight deaths, Walmart has decided not to stop selling e–cigarettes, the company announced September 20, 2019. –https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/walmart-officially-bans-e-cigarettes-888015/
Soon after the Walmart ban, the CDC recommended “that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products” entirely. President Trump, for his part, has told the FDA that the agency should go about launching a blanket ban on flavored e-cigarettes—a conflation, some experts have said, of the illnesses and the “epidemic” of youth vaping.
On October 11, 2019, the CDC called the lung illnesses EVALI, which stands for “e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.”
Many of the illnesses have been linked to black market oils or THC oil products, but research is ongoing to find the root of the cause. The rapid rise of vape related illnesses has been a hot topic among state legislators as well as the 2020 Presidential campaign debates.
Evali cases are expected to continue to rise, regardless of the ban many states have put into place or contemplating putting into place.