Electronic cigar vape. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine see a rush of students trying to help quit vaping.
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more vamping-related illnesses have been reported throughout the country. For UW health officials, there is a concern that this habit is particularly addictive to the younger student.
"When you start using nicotine products under the age of 26, nicotine actually redirects your brain to make you addicted to the rest of your life," says Patricia Atwater of UW Medicine.
Atwater runs a program for smoking cessation at the school's health center and even seeing students switch to cigarettes for fear of vaping-related illnesses, suffice it to say that this switch is not something she ̵
"Nicotine addiction can be treated by replacing the lack of nicotine with nicotine replacement therapy, such as a patch, lozenge or gum," she describes.
Health officials identified 380 cases of vaping-related illnesses in 36 states and the Virgin Islands, six of which were fatal in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon. The exact cause of these diseases remains largely a mystery, but is thought to be traceable to a chemical in vape juice called Vitamin E. acetate.
In early September, Seattle and King County Public Health issued a warning that warned smokers of the associated risks of vaping.
King County issues a warning against the risks of vaping
This happened shortly after city officials in Milwaukee issued a statement urging people to stop vaping immediately to potential health risks. Seattle, meanwhile, is weighing a ban on vaping similar to the one adopted in San Francisco earlier this summer.
"A bold move from San Francisco. It's time to have this discussion in Seattle, "Seattle Mayor Jenny Durcan tweeted in June.
Recent figures say that while the total teen smoking rate is consistently low, 20 percent of high school students and 5 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes, an overall increase of 78 percent over the previous year.
Washington State recently raised the age of purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21.