Many young members of the Bukharian community engage in vaping. Vaping is the process of inhaling an aerosol created by heating a substance such as nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with a battery-operated electronic device such as an electronic cigarette (Hollingsworth, 2020). Non-scientists may think that vaping is a healthier alternative to non-electronic cigarrete use, this is, however, not the case. As per NBC News 4 New York, NYChief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson recently confirmed the second vaping related death in NYC. A spokesperson for Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently said that vaping can increase the severity of the coronavirus, as per Reuters. The vaping affliction has recently spread across NYC, and in recent months vaping bans have been rejected by city courts. However, last month Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ban of vaping products in the state. This executive proposition would take effect for the fiscal year that starts April 1, 2020.
Where has all the legislative vaping related action come from? Dr. Helen Hollingsworth summarizes some key information about vaping in her publication titled “E-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI)”. More than 2000 cases of E-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported, a figure enunciated by a Summer 2019 outbreak. While no single constituent has been identified that is common to all cases, potential candidate toxins include THC and vitamin E acetate, For these reasons, the CDC advises complete avoidance of THC-containing e-cigarettes or vaping products and avoidance of all e-cigarette or vaping products by youths, young adults, pregnant women, and adults who do not currently use tobacco products. So, tell your brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends that vaping is not the healthier alternative that it may seem like.
The ABA Health Committee is currently working on a community project to see how vaping has specifically affected the Bukharian Community of NYC.
By Samuel Sabzanov, ABA Health Committee Chairman
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