Vaping injuries cause lingering problems for some youth, Canadian data suggests

Interview with Dr. Nicholas Chadi, The Canadian Press/CBC News, August 13, 2020

Ongoing health issues associated with e-cigarette use ‘very concerning,’ pediatrician says

Canadian pediatricians are reporting numerous vaping-related injuries, with one third of cases involving ongoing health problems. Interim data from the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program highlight the risks of vaping as well as non-medical cannabis use, particularly accidental ingestion of edibles. A one-time survey of about 1,100 doctors found 88 cases of vaping illness or injury over a 12-month period, with one quarter of kids hospitalized.

Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a specialist in adolescent and addiction medicine at the University of Montreal, suspects this is just the “tip of the iceberg” since the numbers don’t include kids who turn to their family doctor or a nurse with vaping problems. Chadi found it “very concerning” that about a third had ongoing issues and says vaping dangers should be raised with kids and teens as they prepare to return to school and reunite with friends. Read more

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