Young kids are being hospitalised by vaping as calls grow to ban e-cigarettes.
A paediatric respiratory consultant issued the shocking warning today as they revealed how children are being admitted to hospitals because of vapes.
Dr McKean, a doctor at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, said they were seeing a rising number of children developing dangerous lung conditions related to vaping.
The vice president for policy at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Children Health (RCPCH) also called for a ban on disposable e-cigarettes as the organisation warned that “youth vaping is fast becoming an epidemic”.
Vapes contain high doses of nicotine and are said to be “addicting to children”.
The devices are known to cause respiratory problems like shortness of breath, lung inflammation, chest pain and even, in severe cases, respiratory failure.
Dr McKean added: “It’s fair to say we’re not seeing large numbers of children with severe lung disease but it’s certainly been reported now where people have developed lung disease related to vaping.
“Vaping was first designed to enable people who were addicted to cigarette smoking to come off cigarette smoking and there’s no doubt that if you buy legally carefully produced vapes it’s likely to be a lot less harmful than cigarette smoking.”