Doctors at University of Utah hospital seeing increase in vaping illnesses in young people


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) — The University of Utah Hospital has a health alert Friday.

Doctors who specialize in lungs and breathing say there are 13 confirmed cases of lung disease related to vaping at the hospital, mostly in young people. All of the cases seem to have similar symptoms.

“Inflammation in the lungs as well as immune cells containing oil or lipid material,”  Doctor Cheryl Pirozzi Assistant Professor Pulmonary Medicine.

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“The majority of our patients are young previously healthy people who are coming in with shortness of breath sings of whole-body inflammation,” she added. 

Doctors are asking folks to stop vaping. 

This after Republican lawmakers are taking swing at the local vaping and e-cigarette industry. 

“I think it’s fair to call it early phases of an epidemic this is something that has really spiked since this summer,”  Dr. Pirozzi said.

According to the Utah Health Department, there have been more than 30 cases of vaping related lung disease and no deaths. 

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