Teen Vaping – A National Crisis Hits Home

The public health crisis of vaping-related lung injuries among teens has arrived in Madison. In the past two months, UW Health has treated at least 10 cases of lung injury in which the patient admitted to vaping or using e-cigarettes with products containing nicotine, THC or CBD (cannabidiol).

Recently several UW Health specialists, lead by pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam, held a news conference at American Family Children’s Hospital to raise awareness about how the national crisis is affecting local communities.

Among the presenters was a 16-year-old from Fort Atkinson who was among the patients treated at the hospital for vaping-related lung injuries. And his message was clear: “If you don’t smoke or vape, please don’t start, but if you do, I urge you to get help and stop immediately.”

Read more about the epidemic and watch a video of the conference

Among the information shared were resources to help teens quit smoking/vaping, including:

WI Tobacco Quit Line: 800-Quit-Now (800-784-8669). Telephone coaching available to Wisconsin vapers or smokers who want to quit.

This is Quitting: text “DITCHJUUL” to 88709. This is a texting program designed specifically for teenagers to help them quit.

·SmokeFree TXT for Teens: Six- to eight-week program for teens and young adults (13-19 years old)

QuitStart mobile app

E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need to Know: Fact sheet from the CDC

For additional perspective on the topic, check out these earlier blog posts:

I Beg You, Stop Vaping

Vaping Suspected of Causing Severe Lung Damage

Vaping Injuries (about injuries from fires and explosions of e-cig devices and batteries)