The first lady joined a choir of officials expressing concern about the violent use of electronic cigarette products among the nation's youth when she posted a tweet on Monday calling for more prevention and protection against nicotine addiction.
"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarettes in our children," she wrote on Monday. "We must do everything we can to protect society from tobacco-related diseases and death and prevent the e-cigarette from becoming a nicotine addiction for a generation of young people."
The tweet ended with a mention from the Department of Health and Human Services and quickly won thousands of likes and retweets. Her call to action comes just days after health officials urged people to stop vaping until they can understand why hundreds have been diagnosed with serious lung diseases.
Officials have identified about 450 possible cases of illness, including at least five deaths in 33 conditions. They have not yet identified a single vaping device, fluid, or ingredient commonly found in all patients, but many are involved in THC.
Many cases involve teenagers, some of whom have stated that they describe their illnesses and subsequent hospitalizations in a bid to reduce use among their peers. A Snapchat user identified as Hunter Sims sent a warning from what appeared to be his hospital bed. A friend took a screenshot and posted it to his own Twitter account.
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Sims began his warning simply by typing 'VAPING IS DANGEROUS' before continuing to explain that he had used variceps for five days and continued despite various medicines.
"My lung capacity is one mouth," Sims claims in Snape. "I can't look away in bed without having a bad respiratory attack; I literally have CDC members make notes for me and the girl in the room next to me (she's also in a critical condition). There are doctors who say that a medically induced coma may be necessary. Doctors don't even know how to heal or survive. So believe me when I say it's not worth it. "
Another teenager in Utah said that once she was put in a medical coma, she would not" touch the vapa "again, leaving her family unsure if she would ever recover. She has since been released from the hospital, but said.
In Alabama, educators in one area went out to remove the bathroom stall doors to prevent students from being banned from e-cigarettes in schools after finding one student who disappeared in the bathroom two weeks ago.
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E-cigarettes have the potential to help older and non-pregnant women quit smoking, but they are not safe for young people, young women, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use products , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .The agency notes that scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective in quitting smoking and that additional research is needed to understand the long-term effects arhu health.