Houston health officials urge people to stop vaping

Houston health officials urge people to stop vaping

Houston health officials urge people to stop vaping

By Bryan Wright 4 Comments September 11, 2019


I’d like to thank everyone for coming my name is dr. David person I’m the public health authority for the city of Houston we’re here to report you today that we’ve got we haven’t got confirmation on what were previously three suspected cases of acute pulmonary injury in young people related to vaping this is something you’ve reported earlier it’s making national news and the point of this discussion today is to let everyone know that this is a real phenomenon it’s occurring here in Houston and we want parents to take close attention to what their children are doing when it comes to to vaping so the cases that we’ve had met the profile is this is a new outbreak which is occurring across the nation there is lots of work being done by the CDC in multiple states in defining the the the definition of the case and refining making sure that what we’re looking for it’s all the same thing and we’re doing the stringent epidemiologic work that needs to be done in an outbreak like that and so we now have confirmation at these three cases meet that definition so there are three confirmed cases it’s important to understand that this is at this point it needs to be thought of as an injury to the lungs by caused by something in the vaping it is not an infection it does not respond to antibiotics and it is very severe the patients who have this are admitted to the hospital many of them are wanting up the intensive care unit and many of them are winding up on the ventilator with assisted ventilation until they can get through it some of those who survive this are winding up with at this point looks like some lung injury some of the earlier cases it looks like that injury may heal over time it’s a little bit unclear and some seem to respond fairly well but it is definitely a lung injury the other phenomenon is that this appears to be occurring predominantly in younger people it’s too early to say if there’s a physiology different younger people and older people or maybe that the younger people are vaping different substances or there’s some other reason why this is predominantly in younger people we know we have seemed up into young adults and people in their 30s but it is predominantly people in their teens and early 20s so this is a very serious the CDC is working with the states to further refine what may be behind this what’s actually causing it but the message I think determine to take home is that currently now something has changed about vaping so before you know four decades from a public health standpoint we’ve been warning people about the dangers of smoking tobacco vaping came along and there was a comment made by those who are in support of vaping that it was a safer form of enjoying tobacco products from a public health standpoint we’ve never felt that way nor do we feel that way today and in fact this new phenomenon only reinforces the fact that no one should be taking any sense of feeling secure that because I’m vaping I’m not being exposed to the dangers of tobacco remember in many of the the vaping substances the substrates that people are vaping it’s nicotine based and nicotine is an addictive drug period end of story it is an addictive drug one of the issues with vaping is that they have lots of flavors and the set and the other and that is unfortunately very appealing to the younger folks and we’re seeing that as much as 20% of high school seniors report that they have experimented with with vaping in Texas the law is now that in order to sell tobacco products that the person person needs to be 21 years of age and that includes vaping products and there’s very good reasons behind that these are the nicotine based products tobacco based nicotine products are addictive drugs and the consequences of breathing in the carcinogens and the other damaging effects from cigarette smoke lead to not only lung cancer years down the road but also emphysema hypertension heart disease stroke there are all kinds of negative consequences from it so this vaping situation is a little bit more concerning if we’re seeing an increased number of young people becoming addicted to nicotine and then having to pay the consequences of that years on down the road in addition there are some concern about what it is that’s in the vaping substances you’ll see the CDC is looking at basically two things one is is it the there our places where people can purchase very often over the web or on street corners the vaping liquids that are have THC in them active component of marijuana and there seems to be in a lot of the cases there’s reports that the people who became ill or vaping THC related products so is it the THC there is o so we’re looking at the scientists are researching this I should say are looking at a vitamin E analog that is used in there and vitamin E generally is not a problem we’ve used that our skin it’s in our food it’s a generally good substrate to have in your diet but it is a it is an oil-based substance and perhaps that’s not so good in your lungs especially when it’s at high heat so we don’t know so there’s a lot of unanswered questions about the science behind what’s exactly causing this but the bottom line is this is a real phenomenon parents you need to look out for your kids find out what they’re doing educate them that this is dangerous vaping is not cool cigarette smoking is not cool and as a society we need to stop making it look like it’s cool because it’s getting our children to engage in behaviors that could have serious medical consequences for them later on in life [Music]

4 Comments found

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lupe salazar

Key words “kids” ! Teens” . What a joke.

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santos espinosa

It's not vaping, it's what's being vaped. How hard is this to figure out?

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santos espinosa

" you're not cool…….untill yaaaaa peeeeee ya paints"- Adam Sandler

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Timothy McNulty

What is phnuemonia? Stop putting moisture in your lungs.

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