The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the public to quit using e-cigarette products after an outbreak of lung diseases reported throughout the United States.
According to National Public Radio, at least 530 people in 38 states have been reported to have a vaping-related lung disease; many needing hospitalization.
According to the CDC, two-thirds of the cases of the recent outbreak of vaping-related disease are in people who are 18 to 34 years old.
“Until we know more,..consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products,” the CDC recommended on its website.
On Sept. 11, President Donald Trump announced his administration would move to regulate flavored vaping products in the United States. Michigan was the first state to impose a statewide ban on all flavored products aside from tobacco flavor. New York allows only tobacco and menthol flavors. Several other states are also considering similar measures.
The measures are in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement of a policy coming in the near future to remove non-tobacco flavored e-cigaretts from the market.
“We intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among high schoolers increased from 12% to 20% from 2017 to 2018. There was also a 48% jump in the number of middle school students who vape during the same time frame.
Critics say the flavors are part of the reason young people are going back to smoking. According to the survey, 31% of those surveyed said they smoked because of the availability of “flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate.”
Students have mixed feelings about the regulations.
The specialty flavors are what senior Stephen Robinson likes most. As a frequent vaper, Robinson said he is addicted to it. His favorite flavor is candy, he said.
"I feel like [the regulations] wouldn't affect me," he said, even though they directly target the flavors he prefers.
However, other students such as sophomore Janaya Reeves are disgusted by vaping and welcome change.
"I love the regulations Trump is trying to put in place," she said.