State and local public health officials in Ohio and nationally are investigating reports of serious lung illnesses in individuals after vaping, many of them young people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that these lung illnesses are all linked to vaping and likely associated with chemical exposure, but it is too early to pinpoint a single product or substance common to all cases.
The majority of these cases are youth and young adults. Almost all states have reported vaping-related lung injury cases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting more than 2,000 cases nationally as well as a number of deaths.
Following the warnings of the U.S. Surgeon General, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, has recommended that all individuals stop vaping until more is known about these lung illnesses through the public health investigations.
Vaping is a public health crisis among our youth. At Greeneview, we have seen an increase in the number of students carrying and using vapes on our campuses in the past year. We are sharing information provided by the Ohio Department of Health and resources for helping you discuss vapes, JUULs and tobacco use with your children.
Please read the attached letter.