Vaping may have led to the deaths of six people, according to the CDC. In over 33 states, hundreds of people are currently battling Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury (VAPI). Now, the CDC is recommending people stop e-cigarette use as a precaution.
Other agencies have also joined the CDC and come forward to warn against vaping. The American Medical Association President Patrice Harris says the “illnesses currently sweeping across the country reaffirm our belief that the use of e-cigarettes and vaping is an urgent public health epidemic that must be addressed.”
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Juul, for marketing e-cigarettes as less harmful than cigarettes. Juul is currently the largest distributor of e-cigarettes.
Vaping is especially popular among young adults. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida reported that in 2018, about 25 percent of Florida high school students said they used vaping devices. Because of this, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman wants to explore stricter regulations surrounding vaping, and increasing the age to purchase e-cigarettes to 21.