“While vaping has been marketed as safe, it is a dangerous habit that can have devastating consequences. Like COVID-19, we are still learning about vaping and its long-term effects on the body, but we know that it’s linked to lung conditions and worry it may increase the risk for more severe COVID-19 symptoms,” said Dr. Anne Griffiths, pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Minnesota. “In the midst of the pandemic, we need to be more vigilant than ever about educating the public health risk that vaping poses.”
Children’s Minnesota recently ranked among the top pulmonology programs in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report, and it was one of the first health care systems to warn about vaping in 2019 when a cluster of alarming cases emerged where teens were hospitalized due to vaping-related lung injuries. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, e-cigarette use is increasing among students. Data from Minnesota student surveys show 8th grade e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, and one in four 11th graders now use e-cigarettes.
“A lot of teens might not realize how dangerous vaping is, and social media can really get the message out there in a way they can relate to,” said Dr. Leslie. “I’m proud to partner with Children’s Minnesota on this campaign to raise awareness about this important health issue.”
About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.
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