There's been a hike in calls for vaping-related poisonings across the state. The Upstate New York Poison Control Center has released a video to inform parents and youngsters about some of the misinformation and the many unknowns.
Lee Livermore, public education outreach for the Upstate New York Poison Center joined us in studio for a discussion on the dangers of substituting black market pods in e-cigarettes.
Livermore also addressed just how many cases of poisonings and dangerous situations from e-cigarettes have come to the forefront in such a short timeframe.
In all of 2018, the center (which covers 54 counties in NYS) received 52 calls in regard to people using e-cigarettes (either with nicotine or THC). So far in 2019, the poison control center locally has received 111 calls.
On top of that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since Sept. 6, there have been 450 cases of vaping-associated pulmonary illness in 33 states and one U.S. territory.
Five deaths have also been reported. Our poison center has received 13 calls locally that are currently being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.
Currently, 1 in 5 high school students say they vape and 1 in 20 middle school students admit to trying vaping. The long-term health impact of vaping is unknown.
To help combat this growing problem, the Upstate New York Poison Center has produced two educational videos to remind students and parents of the dangers of vaping.
Students can view the video here: https://youtu.be/0mS9bnUGQGo
Parents can view the video here: https://youtu.be/8OxUpuPIfaA
In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, you can always call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.