Franklin County Public Health urges people to immediately stop using vaping products

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Franklin County Public Health is asking all residents to immediately stop using vaping products as officials continue to investigate the growing outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes use.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 500 cases of lung illness associated with the use of vaping and seven deaths.

According to Franklin County Public Health, seventeen are in Ohio with three in Franklin County. None of the deaths have been reported in Ohio but all required all to be hospitalized.

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The age range of the Ohio cases is 16 to 59 years old with the median age of 20.

Franklin County Public Health says all of the reported cases in the country have a history of e-cigarette product use.

At this time, officials have not identified a product, substance, additive or brand as the cause of these illnesses.

Franklin County Public Health says if you have recently used a vaping product and you have symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or fever to promptly seek medical attention.

They also say to never buy these products off the street and do not modify or add substances to these products.

“The immediate health impact we are seeing is simply a reminder of the longer-term effects vaping and cigarettes pose to our health,” said Joe Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner. Smoking and tobacco are oftentimes a contributing factor to our leading causes of death in Franklin County including cancer, heart disease and stroke.

“Vaping is not a safer option than cigarettes as some manufacturers portray. No tobacco or nicotine use is safe,” said Mazzola. “This is an urgent reminder for us to encourage all residents to seek out available cessation resources.”

Franklin County Public Health says anyone who needs help quitting tobacco products including vaping, should contact their doctor or go online for information about the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for adults and My Life My Quit (1-855-891-9989) for teens.

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