Over the past several weeks there has been an investigation on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that is being linked to the usage of electronic cigarettes. While this investigation is ongoing at a federal level, Tioga County Public Health urges its residents, especially parents of teenagers, to immediately discontinue use of e-cigarette products including: devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges. They are NOT a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.
Because of the fruity flavors that the vape liquid comes in, e-cigs have become increasingly popular among middle and high school aged children. It is estimated that 40% of high school seniors and over 27% of high school students use electronic cigarettes in New York State.
Lisa McCafferty is the Director of Tioga County Public Health and she urges parents to discuss the dangers associated with using e-cigarettes with their teens. Tioga County Public Health encourages all e-cigarette users to discontinue use immediately to protect themselves from developing severe pulmonary disease.
By Michael Baldwin