Eight teenagers in Wisconsin this month have been hospitalized with lung injuries that physicians think are most likely brought on by vaping. All of the teens — from Milwaukee, Waukesha and Winnebago counties — have had a current history of e-cigarette use.

Healthcare imaging showed the teens having lung harm, with each complaining of symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, coughing and chest discomfort. They are nevertheless in recovery. 

A pediatric pulmonologist who treated the teens mentioned they are “not breathing effectively” and “appear quite sick.”

The hospitalizations comply with congressional hearings this week exactly where lawmakers accused San Francisco-primarily based e-cigarette firm Juul of discretely marketing its e-cigarettes to underage shoppers.

E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco merchandise, which signifies it is illegal to sell to folks beneath the age of 18. 

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a bill in Congress earlier this year asking for the age to buy tobacco merchandise and vaping devices be raised from 18 to 21. 

Vaping is when an person utilizes a device, identified as a vaporizer, that can vaporize substances for inhalation. 1 of the most well-liked vaporizers are e-cigarettes, which can provide nicotine without having the smoke of a conventional cigarette. 

While vaping and working with e-cigarettes is regarded as much less damaging than smoking, the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Illness mentioned that nicotine, which is utilised in e-cigarettes and other vaporizers, nevertheless raises the threat of heart attack and causes addiction.   

A study of much more than 28,171 U.S. adults found that these who vape are much more most likely to wheeze, placing them much more at threat for respiratory illness.