Massachusetts Department of Public Health increases vaping concerns
BOSTON (WLNE) – Massachusetts is cracking down on the popular e-cigarette and vaping trends as national reports of lung diseases increase.
In a release made on Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Commissioner Monica Bharel asked that any cases of lung disease suspected to be related to e-cigarettes or vaping be immediately reported to the DPH.
Last month the DPH asked 25,000 health care providers in the state to voluntarily report any cases believed to be linked to vaping.
Now, Commissioner Bharel said they’re doubling down by legally requiring providers to report these cases.
“Today’s action establishes the legal framework for healthcare providers to report cases and suspected cases so that we can get a better sense of the overall burden of disease in Massachusetts” Bharel said in a statement.
She added that the increase in concern is “because this disease is recently identified or suspected to be a public health concern and because it is necessary to collect more information to assess and reduce the potential burden of associated morbidity.”
The DOH hopes that by gathering all information related to vaping in the state, that it will assist the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their efforts to understand the nation-wide impact.
The latest national report shows that there have been 450 possible cases of lung disease associated with vaping in the country that have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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