It’s been one month and one day since Illinois reported the first death from vaping in the U.S. on August 23, 2019. The CDC and FDA have been working tirelessly to compile data on the hundreds of cases coming in from across the US. While they continue looking for a definitive answer on the cause of these illnesses and deaths, we continue to know for a fact that cigarettes cause disease and death. There is no safe use of cigarettes.
Since August 23rd, 524,160 people have died from smoking.
Where is their media coverage? See links below.
World renowned tobacco control expert and Chair of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, has touted this important message, delivering his data-driven perspective in several mediums throughout the past month:
Another Voice: Smoking should be declared a public health emergency
Fact or Fiction: Roswell Park doctor answers vaping questions
While some of the vaping illnesses and deaths may be linked to illicit product sales, cigarettes remain on shelves in most every gas station and corner store. As we address this current vaping crisis, we can’t lose sight of this continuing public health problem.