(WKOW) — The team of doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that first sounded the alarm about the vaping crisis met with Senator Tammy Baldwin today.
They’re trying to see what more can be done to help reduce the number of illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about 1300 cases.
Wisconsin is one of 49 states that have reported illnesses.
Health officials say most of the people who got sick said they used vapes with THC.
About one in eight said they vaped only nicotine.
Doctors say the most important move would be to keep vaping products away from kids.
“Increasing the age to the age of 21 where they can legally buy it, I think would be helpful,” said Dr. Jennifer Schreiber, a pediatrician.
Senator Baldwin is calling for congressional hearings on vaping.
She also wants local governments to act. She points to things like bans on e-cigarettes and vaping products in some Wisconsin cities.