DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, is calling on the Surgeon General to develop and launch a national strategy to educate, prevent and respond to the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

In a letter to Surgeon General Jerome Adams the Illinois Democrat stated we now have 5-million children using e-cigarettes.

Illinois has 52 confirmed cases of vaping-related lung disease including one death.  Twelve additional cases are under review. 

According to the CDC the United States has a 32 percent increase in the number of high school children using e-cigarettes.