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Oct. 31, 2019: Report: Hospital Codes Paint Picture of Vaping Use in N.J.

Data Shows Use Detected Beginning at Age 11-12, Peaking at 18-24

A new analysis of New Jersey hospital discharge data shows the beginning of an uptick in hospitalizations where e-cigarette usage is documented between the ages of 11 and 12, and peak e-cigarette use happens between the ages of 18-24. Discharge data also shows the greatest concentration of hospital patients with e-cigarette use or vaping documented during their visit is in Middlesex County.

The Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation (CHART) at the New Jersey Hospital Association analyzed hospital inpatient and emergency department claims from January 2017 to August 2019 to dig deeper into an initial report that found New Jersey hospitals are on pace to see nearly 16,000 patients who use e-cigarettes in 2019 alone. CHART searched the data for documentation pointing to e-cigarette use and recommended diagnosis codes to capture vaping trends at a more detailed level for the new bulletin, The Vaping Crisis: Who’s at Risk & How Widespread is It?

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