Two vaping-related deaths confirmed in Tennessee

By Rachel Rowney on 4th Nov 2019

A man smoking

Medical professionals warn of e-cigarette health risks, as second ‘vaping’ related death occurs in the state. According to The Tennessean “So far, 57 cases of lung illness linked to vaping or e-cigarette use have been detected in Tennessee. Nationwide, the outbreak has sickened more than 1,600 and killed 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes has increased exponentially in recent years. E-cigarettes have been advertised as an effective method to stop smoking cigarettes, as they still quell nicotine cravings nicotine but do not contain tobacco. Many have adopted these devices as a ‘healthier’ option to smoking, but they do still pose several health risks. E-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is an addictive substance that spikes your adrenaline. In fact, some electronic cigarettes actually contain more nicotine than traditional cigarettes, as you can buy extra strength nicotine capsules.

The decline in the number of younger people smoking cigarettes has largely been a result of campaigns that illustrate the negative impact tobacco has on the body. However, many new e-cigarettes smokers are unaware of the potential health risks of this new method of smoking. It has also been suggested that non-smokers who start smoking with an e-cigarette, are more likely to then move onto traditional, tobacco cigarettes. USA Today reported that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating 450 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 33 states. In some cases, this is a result of lipoids, which are oils or fats that enter the lungs making it difficult to breathe, causing a rare form of pneumonia.

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