The medical community and public are encountering early and frightening medical reports concerning those using e-cigarettes (vaping).

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), due to the extent of illness and death related to vaping, pinned a new name for vaping-related illness: EVALI, which stands for e-cigarette, or Vaping, product use associated lung injury. “Rapid diagnosis is vital to reduce EVALI morbidity and mortality,” the CDC said.

The CDC is developing guidelines for EVALI health care encounters as new data emerges. The chemicals responsible for EVALI illness and death are still being evaluated as new data emerges.

The CDC recommends people stop or decrease use of products containing THC and/or nicotine.

The state has a free hotline manned with trained coaches to help people stop using tobacco or vaping - North Carolina Quitline. Talk with an expert quit coach there. Several patients in my dental practice bragged on this service. The Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Dental and medical offices also help people quit.

Talk to friends who use tobacco or vaping devices. There is no blame on anyone. We all have bad habits.

JERRY BUTLER, DDS, MAGD,

Boone, N.C.

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