Colorado sees first vaping-related illness in 'sudden and severe' case

Henrietta Strickland
August 23, 2019

The OHA recently delivered a report to the state Legislature outlining the health risks of vaping products and e-cigarettes. These cases were reported between June 28 and August 20.

The CDC says most cases involve adolescents and young adults, which isn't necessarily a surprise given that the US Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic in December this past year.

State health officials on Thursday confirmed the first case of sudden and severe lung illness tied to vaping that has sent at least one person to the hospital.

CDC officials cautioned investigators have not identified the cause, and have not identified a specific product or compound that is linked to all cases. More information is needed to determine a cause, and state officials are working with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and other states to gather evidence about what the cases have in common and what is leading to the injuries. Cannabis is considered a controlled substance under federal law.

The Colorado case is just one of 120 others reported in 15 states across the nation, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officials said in a news release.

The illness seems to start out gradually with symptoms that include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and / or chest pain.

The illness initially looks like a bad respiratory infection, but does not get better with the normal treatment.

Providers are encouraged to report cases of severe respiratory illness in patients with a history of vaping or e-cigarette use to the Iowa Department of Public Health at 1-800-362-2736.

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