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Number of teens hospitalized after vaping increases




SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments to investigate the hospitalization of three young people who experienced severe breathing problems after vaping. 

Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents, some of whom had to be intubated, who reported vaping.

These identified individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. 

“Vaping among teens has increased dramatically over the last several years,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “While the short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, these recent hospitalizations heighten the need for parents talk with their teens about vaping and for both to understand the consequences and potential dangers of vaping.”

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, as of July 31, 2019, poison control centers have managed 2,439 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine in 2019. 

The names and types of vaping products, as well as where they were obtained, are still being investigated.  The three reported individuals in Illinois reside in the northeastern part of the state. 

People who experience any type of chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping in the weeks or months prior to these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.  Health care providers caring for patients with unexpected serious respiratory illness should ask about a history of recent vaping.


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  1. Nicotine is a cheap anti-depressant ad stimulant. Of course, Big Pharma doesn’t like it and wants to outlaw it. Young people who take too much can get sick. You will if you drink too much water, also.

  2. Hmmm…so how is it, as non-church going folks “we” manged to raise children who do not drink, smoke, vap, or engage in promiscuous behavior?
    Could it have to do with overall parenting and the difference a stay-at-home mother and home schooling makes in building a child’s confidence as opposed to what you get when you turn your children over to absorb the views of the state?
    I don’t know the answer to the question I posed, but I do know the State has a vested interest in undermining individual confidence, creating anxiety in children, and so sowing social discord.
    I am not trying to brag here, but make a point. We raised 4 children, the eldest is now 25. All four are actual professionals, all four graduated college before they turned 20, all four have 6 figure plus incomes and have only engaged in healthy, constructive relationships based on respect of self and others.
    My point is, why are these kids vaping in the first place? What emptiness in them are the trying to fill, what pain are they trying to deaden? It seems to me their parents failed them.