Calls to the Upstate New York Poison Center in regards to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have more than doubled this year. In all of 2018 their call center received 52 calls. In just 9 months this year, they have received 111 calls related to e-cigarettes. Additionally, they have received 13 calls that are currently being investigated by the NYS DOH as possible vaping-associated pulmonary illness cases.
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, and encourage you to help spread them in your communities:
Students can view the video here:
Parents can view the video here:
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. They are open 24/7, 365 days a year.