Colorado vaping illnesses: What Poudre School District, UCHealth are doing about vaping

As peer pressure, stress and misinformation seep into Poudre School District classrooms — and a vaping-related illness crisis strikes nationwide — area school and health officials say they are working harder than ever to curb student vaping.

Northern Colorado has been largely untouched by vaping-related illnesses, which have infected more than 530 and killed at least eight people nationwide since April. UCHealth spokesperson Kelly Tracer said there have been fewer than five vaping-related illnesses reported in their system of 12 hospitals statewide — including Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

While few cases have been reported in Northern Colorado, UCHealth Healthy Hearts program manager NaNet Jenkins said she’s still heard “horrific” stories from parents, like one mother who recently said her daughter’s lungs were singed due to her vaping use.

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