Vaping-related deaths prompt students to quit

4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago Sunday, September 22 2019 Sep 22, 2019 Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:02:00 PM CDT September 22, 2019 in Continuous News
By: Peyton Headlee, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA- Missouri recorded its first vaping related death Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 

This marks the eighth death nationwide connected to a vaping related illness. In Missouri, there have been 22 reports of possible vaping related illness, with 530 cases nationwide. 

According to the CDC, 67% of the cases involve people between 18 and 34 years old, and more than half of them are under the age of 25. 

Marisa Katherine is a student at the University of Missouri, and said she recently threw away her Juul, after researching the recent deaths and illnesses.

"When I would use the Juul, I would just start getting really sick, especially after reading the articles, which definitely didn't make that any better," Katherine said. "So I was walking to class one morning and I just threw it away and I sent a video to my friends and I haven't used one since."

After she threw away her Juul, Katherine said several of her friends threw away their vaping devices too, in an effort to quit.

"I’ve talked to multiple people that have thrown their vape out or even gone to cigarettes which is bad," Katherine said. "I have had friends throw them out, and they have been better ever since they stopped using vapes."

Katherine said she has been around vaping since middle school.

"I’ve honestly seen vapes around my friends and people I hang out with since eighth grade, and I know nowadays the people doing it are even younger than that which is crazy," Katherine said.

She encourages people to be more cautious about what they are putting into their bodies and hopes more people will look into research about vaping.

The CDC is expecting cases and deaths related to vaping illnesses to rise.

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