Cutting Through the Smoke: Lung Pathologist Gives Straight Talk About the Vaping Crisis

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As Vaping Increases at Warp Speed and Linked Deaths and Illnesses Continue to Climb, New Disturbing Statistics Suggest It’s More Popular Than Ever—Especially Among Middle and High School Students

Vaping among America’s youth is skyrocketing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports in just this year alone—1 in 3 high schoolers and 1 in 8 middle schoolers are using tobacco products, and leading the way is vaping and E-cigarette use. That’s more than 6 million children, doubling the numbers from 2017.

Parent’s and others need straight talk now about what pathologists—the physicians who diagnose disease—are seeing from vaping effected lung tissue and if this lung damage is permanent or can be reversed. Recently, lung pathologist and Fellow of the American College of American Pathologists, Dr. Timothy Allen, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss.

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While these numbers change daily there’s no doubt vaping is taking its toll on the lungs. Deaths and illnesses from vaping are intensifying and while the government attempts to push legislation to temper the crisis, it’s leaving parents at a loss on how to stop this problem from doing lasting harm to their children.

Aside from possible death, e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) can cause chronic, lifelong health issues for everyone including teens and youth—creating a health crisis for the U.S. In addition, the number of actual vaping-related lung illness is likely much higher than reported.

For more information, visit to read the CAP Vaping Statement

About Dr. Timothy Allen:
Dr. Allen is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the Chair of the Department of Pathology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Allen is a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Crime Prevention Research Center. Dr. Allen is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology, with added qualification in cytopathology. He is an associate editor of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Allen is the Immediate Past-President of the Pulmonary Pathology Society and past President of the Texas Society of Pathologists. He is a Governor of the College of American Pathologists Board of Governors, and is chair, vice-chair, or member of several CAP Councils and Committees. He has authored and coauthored numerous articles and book chapters on pulmonary pathology and medicolegal issues and has coauthored and co-edited several books on pulmonary pathology. Dr. Allen is series coeditor of the Advances in Surgical Pathology series.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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