The CDC has now confirmed more than 1,000 cases of vaping-related illnesses and 22 deaths nationwide, including the death of a Bronx teenager confirmed Tuesday.
Just last week, New Jersey health officials confirmed the state’s first death linked to vaping, stoking fears about the unknown health risks of vapes and e-cigarettes.
NJTV News Correspondent Briana Vannozzi sat down with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School‘s Chair of Emergency Medicine Dr. Lewis Nelson, who says the news doesn’t warrant panic.
“I think there should be some concern out there,” he said. “It’s still a small problem given the number who vape, it’s certainly warranted concern. But not one that should be met with a wholesale panic.”
Nelson says the majority of the problems associated with vaping have been lung injuries that have emerged in the past six months to a year.
“Before that, as best we knew, vaping was a better alternative to smoking than anything else that we had,” he said.
Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy’s Electronic Smoking Device Task Force released a set of recommendations, including a ban on flavored e-cigarette products. Nelson said a ban could help keep young people from getting hooked on nicotine.
“What better way to induce children [and young adults] into smoking than to make something that’s doesn’t just taste not bad, but actually tastes good,” he said.