Local doctor advises against vaping

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – As vaping usage continues to increase, stories of health issues related to that usage are beginning to emerge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 33 states, including Kentucky, have reported illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarettes which are used for vaping. And, at least two cases of vaping-related illnesses have been diagnosed in Bowling Green.

Even with all the recent news reports of vaping-related illnesses and with the warnings from the heatlhcare community, the number of people who vape continues to rise, with an alarming number of children and adolescents picking up the vaping habit.

Not only is vaping a health issue, it has also become a focus for politicians with President Trump just announcing his plans to ban flavored vaping “juices” nationwide. Even the first lady tweeted her concerns about children using e-cigarettes.

Dr. Karan Singh, a pulmonologist in Bowling Green, said doctors are seeing an increasing number of vape related illnesses. One doctor in Utah sees as many as two new cases a day.

Singh said the only safe thing to put in your lungs is air.

Singh also has some advice for anyone considering using e-cigarettes or tobacco cigarettes.

“Don’t do it.”