American Lung Association Echoes Milwaukee Health Department’s Warning to Stop Vaping
(August 29, 2019) -
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Statement of American Lung Association in Wisconsin in response to Milwaukee Health Department warning on vaping:
“The American Lung Association echoes the Milwaukee Health Department’s warning today to e-cigarette users: ‘Stop using any vape and/or e-cigarette devices immediately.’
“The American Lung Association is deeply concerned about the youth e-cigarette epidemic and the recent hospitalizations across 22 states attributed to vaping, including here in Wisconsin. While much remains to be determined about the reported cases of severe lung disease as well as the lasting health consequences of vaping, the American Lung Association is very troubled by what we see so far.
“No one should use any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. All tobacco products can harm health. E-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and fine particles, and the inhalation of these chemicals can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. The developing lungs of youth may be more at risk.
“The American Lung Association has more information and resources on e-cigarettes, including programs for schools to educate kids about the health risks of vaping and how to quit tobacco use. Learn more at Lung.org/ecigs.”
For media interested in speaking with an expert about e-cigarettes, tobacco use and lung health, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-940-7001.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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