Health Department urges education as number of lung disease cases grow

SALISBURY, Md. – Over 100 cases of a mysterious lung disease in over a dozen states are being investigated by state and federal health officials.

The CDC says that officials are working with health departments from multiple states to determine a cause for the condition after pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was reported in adolescents and young adults.

Symptoms shown include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain before hospitalization.

As of Monday, there have been no reports of these conditions locally, but the Wicomico County Health Department says we are still learning about these devices that contain toxic chemicals and nicotine.

“We need to do our research before we have a United States of addicted teens that will eventually have these different conditions, such as lung issues. So we just need to have more education,” said Thonda Bryant, the Tobacco Program Coordinator with the Wicomico County Health Department.

According to the CDC more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students said they had used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days in 2018.

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