IL patient's death may be first in USA tied to vaping

Henrietta Strickland
August 30, 2019

IDPH is also working with local health departments, other state health departments, and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the names and types of e-cigarettes, vaping products, and devices, as well as where they were obtained.

At least one person has died in IL, after they used an e-cigarette product that appears to have caused fatal breathing problems.

The UK is now bound by European Union regulations on the amount of nicotine an e-cigarette can have, while levels in the United States are much higher. In fact, between 2017 and 2018 alone, the number of youth who used e-cigarettes went up by 1.5 million nationwide. 20 and involved teens and adults. All patients have reported vaping in the weeks to months prior to illness.

Health officials in IL believe a patient's recent death may be the first vaping-related one in the US, according to the Associated Press.

IL health officials said that patients experienced a variety of symptoms that included cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

Before experiencing respiratory distress, patients have reported initially mild symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain; many also have experienced gastrointestinal problems, including nausea and diarrhea, the CDC reported. Some even use e-cigarettes to smoke concentrated THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Information on this illness is available at www.vdh.virginia.gov/vaping. In Illinois, the number of potential cases has doubled since last week.

Electronic cigarettes have been thought of as less unsafe than tobacco cigarette and Public Health England say they are an effective tool to help people give up smoking. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we're saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn't use an additional source of revenue?

"We want answers as bad as the public does", she said. Now we're saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you're so inclined.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER