By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On October 16th the City of Miami Beach announced it is prohibiting the smoking of nicotine vaporizers or similar products throughout the city’s parks. The statement cited that the purpose of a municipal government is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of its residents and visitors.
“Nicotine has documented detrimental health effects, especially on adolescents, and ecigarettes are rapidly becoming an emerging health care crisis in our schools and have no place in our parks,” said Mayor Gelber.
According to recent empirical studies and widespread news reports, the use of nicotine vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) has skyrocketed to alarming popularity across the nation, particularly among the nation’s youth.
Late last month, the Florida Department of Health posted an updated case count to include one death, and at the time of writing 68 lung injuries due to E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping.
The United States is currently facing a multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of October 8, 2019, the organization published that 1,299 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory. Twenty-six deaths have been confirmed in 21 states.
There are still many unknown destructive side effects concerning e-cigarettes, including what chemicals are utilized in the vaping substance and how they affect physical health over a long-term period of time.