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In recent years there has been a precipitous rise in the number of individuals using e-cigarettes or vaping devices. According to the Vermont Department of Health, in 2016, there were 22,000 adults who used e-cigarettes. However, even more, concerning was that there were approximately 3,000 high school Vermonters who used electronic vaping products. The dangers around vaping products are multifactorial, including the lack of perception of harm by youth, the risk of nicotine addiction, ease of access, and the potential harms including chemicals, contaminants, and metals.
Even more concerning has been the rise of E-Cigarette and Vaping Produce Use- Associated Lung Injury Outbreak (EVALI). To date, there have been nearly 2,700 hospitalized cases of EVALI, including 34 in Vermont. While there are several hypotheses for what causes EVALI, what is known is that most cases involved vaping products with THC, particularly from informal sources.
The goal of this project was to set the foundation for information dissemination regarding vaping in Vermont and the risk factors for EVALI.
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Lebow, Matthew Eric, "Vaping: What Are the Risks?" (2020). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 563.