As of this week, the death toll related to vaping-related lung illnesses has climbed to 33, up from 26 deaths reported last week, accordingly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

E-cigarettes entered the U.S. marketplace around 2007, and since 2014, they have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth, according to the CDC. In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, currently use e-cigarettes.

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The City of Miami Beach has had enough and wants to do its part in protecting the health, safety and general welfare of its residents and visitors.

This week, the city has announced that the smoking of nicotine vaporizers or similar products throughout the city’s parks is prohibited.

“Nicotine has documented detrimental health effects, especially on adolescents, and e-cigarettes are rapidly becoming an emerging health care crisis in our schools and have no place in our parks,” said Mayor Gelber.

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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.

The smoking of tobacco products is already banned at all city parks and signage will be modified to notify the public of the vaping prohibition.