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Posted on: August 30, 2019

American Lung Association: Addressing the Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic

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American Lung Association is doing a great job at the forefront of the youth e-cigarette epidemic, providing the most current information about the lung health impact of vaping as well as valuable resources for helping people quit. Radnor Township Health Officer, Marie Carbonara, RN, and Director of Recreation, Tammy Cohen, would like to share the following educational information as presented to the Township by Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of American Lung Association. 

What We Know

In the midst of a youth e-cigarette epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting an ongoing investigation of the current cluster of pulmonary-related illnesses linked to vaping. While there have been 193 reports of such illnesses across 22 states, including one death, no single cause has yet been determined.

The inhalation of harmful chemicals found in e-cigarettes can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. While much remains to be determined about the reported cases as well as the lasting health consequences of vaping, we are very troubled by what we see so far—particularly for the developing lungs of kids and teens.

What We’re Doing About It

 We continue to sound the alarm about e-cigarettes and lung health risks.

Recognizing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) failure to act has ultimately led to the epidemic we are seeing today, we are calling on the FDA to take action to protect kids.

In March 2018, the American Lung Association along with partners filed a lawsuit to expedite FDA review of e-cigarettes.. In addition, we are urging the FDA to end the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products—known to lure kids to tobacco addiction—and are calling for the federal government and states to pass Tobacco 21 laws that include e-cigarettes.

We are also spreading the word about the dangers of vaping—especially for youth—through the news media and social media in media outlets such as Good Morning America, PEOPLE, NPR, Univision, CNET, Everyday Health, HealthDay, NBC News, FOX News with thousands more news stories.

What Can You Do?

The American Lung Association provides facts about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes at Lung.org/ecigs. We also encourage parents to talk to their kids about the harms of vaping before they’re hooked with “The Vape Talk” conversation guide, and we offer resources for teens, with more resources coming this fall for schools.

We expect to hear much more in the coming months and throughout 2020 as we continue to raise awareness, provide resources and work to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Marie Carbonara, RN (mcarbanara@radnor.org) or Tammy Cohen (tcohen@radnor.org) for further discussion.

RADNOR TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: Public Health policy remains an important priority of the Board of Commissioners and the community. To this end the Board of Health was established at the very beginning of the 1st Class Township status. The board now consists of 9 members of the community either following careers or having a strong interest in matters of public health. The board meets monthly, except for July and August, and the Township Health Officer reports to them on his activities and acts as a liaison between the board and the Township Administration. For more information, please contact Radnor Health Officer Marie Carbonara at 610.688.5200 x 167. Visit Radnor Township at: http://www.radnor.com Like us on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/RadnorTownship/ Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/radnortownship Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/radnortownship

For more information, Press Only:

Molly Gallagher
Press Information Officer
610.688.5600 x 197
mgallagher@radnor.org




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