Newly Published
Correspondence  |   December 2019
Sparking the Discussion about Vaping and Anesthesia
Author Notes
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York (M.M.F.). max.feinstein@mountsinai.org
  • Accepted for publication November 25, 2019.
    Accepted for publication November 25, 2019.×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   December 2019
Sparking the Discussion about Vaping and Anesthesia
Anesthesiology Newly Published on December 13, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003093
Anesthesiology Newly Published on December 13, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003093
We believe the anesthesiology community should be concerned about vaping, which is becoming more prevalent in the United States. From 2017 to 2018, the prevalence of e-cigarette use, a form of vaping, nearly doubled to one in five high school students.1  This increase appears to be a public health concern given new research that demonstrates an emerging association between vaping and a variety of acute interstitial lung diseases, which may be conceived of as a subset of the larger category of vaping-associated lung disease. Indeed, surveillance data from emergency departments in Wisconsin and Illinois show that the mean rate of visits associated with severe respiratory illness during the summer of 2019 was twice that in the summer of 2018.1