Sixth vaping-related death confirmed by Kansas officials

Henrietta Strickland
September 11, 2019

"Vaping, however, is not completely harmless", the MOH website said.

The Kansas death is at least the fourth reported in a middle aged or older person. The resident had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly, according to Kansas Sate Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed.

Many, but not all, of the cases have involved those who used the devices to vaporize oils containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. Along with nicotine, the aerosol from heating e-liquids can also contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, diacetyl and heavy metals.

There is always a risk that perceived health risks, whether founded or not, may have a negative impact, she said, but it is unclear whether this will impact industry vape sales in Canada.

"Everything out there so far has not proven anything as far as one way or the other, but everything they're seeing now is black market products that aren't registered, things with vitamin E in them", Todd said.

"While the FDA does not presently have enough data to conclude that Vitamin E acetate is the cause of the lung injury in these cases, the agency believes it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance", the alert said.

Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Centre for Tobacco Products, told the New York Times: "If you're thinking of purchasing one of these products off the street, out of the back of a vehicle, out of a trunk, in an alley - or if you are then going to go home and make modifications to the product yourself using something that you purchased from some third party or got from a friend - think twice".

Regardless of the outcome, the investigation reports are interrupting business at Vapes Gone Wild, Struck said.

"We're deeply concerned for the people affected".

Do e-cigarettes even work as a cessation tool?

If I have converted someone, I have been successful. However, new users are more likely to be deterred than smokers who are looking to shift to reduced-risk products, Lee added. At the end of last week officials had counted 450 cases of an illness that is possibly vaping related.

Many people don't know what is contained in these vaping devices, what the reported health effects actually mean, and, most importantly, why all of this developed so quickly, considering that e-cigarettes have only been popular for fewer than 10 years.

"Just follow the money", he said. "Many teens have risky misperceptions that vaping is harmless", Forbing-Orr stated. "That's the heart of the issue". And if someone does have any medical history, or is a pregnant smoker, we would want them to consult a doctor before vaping.

Juul spokesman Austin Finan told The Post that the company does not target kids and stressed that all flavored varieties are only sold online with age-verification restrictions.

IL and IN reported deaths IN adults but officials have not provided information about their ages or what type of products were used.

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