Vaping Stop using potentially unsafe devices

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. We now know they are not a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. (And that they certainly should not be marketed to children, as some companies are making a thinly veiled attempt to do).

Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 states. More than 450 cases — five involving deaths — have been reported. In Ohio, at least 11 cases of sudden onset pulmonary disease have been reported.

No one knows why, after years of sale of vaping devices and chemicals, the practice suddenly may be dangerous.

In New York state, officials found one common ingredient in the vaping products used by those who use the devices with THC oil and have gotten sick, but that likely does not translate to those who have become ill after using the more mainstream products.

Something is wrong.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging those who engage in vaping to stop until more can be learned about the problem.

It is good advice. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more. It could save your life.