Health officials call vaping dangerous; Others want more evidence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state’s public health department announced on Friday it’s going to start tracking possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping.

Health officials across the country are saying vaping products could be dangerous and even deadly.

Nationwide, the CDC is investigating around 200 cases in 22 states with patients that recently vaped. One person in Illinois died.

Health officials believe vaping is the causing some of these problems, but others don’t see it that way.

Ginny Saville runs Botany Bay in Lexington and sells vaping products. She doesn’t think there’s enough evidence to prove that diseases and deaths are related to vaping.

“It definitely needs further investigation but it’s really pretty quick to pass judgments on  anything especially on a broad based thing like vaping,” said Ginny Saville.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s spokesperson says early research does indicate that vaping is not good for your health.

“Anytime you’re smoking anything and bringing it into your lungs that can be dangerous and many if not most vaping products do contain nicotine which is dangerous,” said Kevin Hall, spokesperson.

Hall adds vaping is not FDA approved.

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