In 2019, vaping deaths and vaping-associated lung injuries made headlines across the country. “We’ve seen an increase of youth use in vaping products that’s gone up three and fourfold in the last few years, so high school seniors, 20 to 25 percent of them are using vaping products regularly,” said Dr. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. In Minnesota alone, there were three confirmed deaths related to vaping. “This is an experiment, in quotes, that we’re doing in our youth, and we don’t know what the outcome’s going to be,” Dr. Hays said.
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Context: Taylor Hays, M.D. is director of Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, one of the first centers in the country to focus exclusively on treatments for tobacco dependence. This model of care has now become the standard in many medical centers around the U.S.
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