By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today
E-cigarettes and vapes were supposed to a safer alternative for smokers. Rather than inhaling the toxic byproducts of traditional tobacco cigarettes, smokers breath the aerosolized vapor of liquid nicotine. However, authorities in Oregon and Indiana revealed two more people have died from a respiratory illness that developed after vaping. The first vaping-related death occured (the first was an Illinois woman in her 30s).
A possible 450 people from around the country have been affected by a similar respiratory illness. Most of the patients are young (late teens and early 20s) and otherwise healthy. They present with severe shortness of breath after experiencing several … Read More