IL death could be first from lung illness linked to vaping

Henrietta Strickland
August 25, 2019

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

The IDPH states, "Anyone who is experiencing any type of chest pain and difficulty breathing after vaping or after using e-cigarettes weeks or months before the symptoms were present is asked to seek medical attention immediately".

In a statement, Ezike said that agency is sending representatives to IL early next week.

All of the sickened have been teens or adults who had used an electronic cigarette or some other kind of vaping device.

Doctors say their illnesses looked like inhalation injuries where the lungs reacted to a caustic substance.

He said health agencies are trying to learn which specific vaping products were used and whether they were being used as intended or mixed with other substances. So far, infectious diseases have been ruled out. That may be partly because cases that weren't initially being linked to vaping have begun to be grouped that way.

They also reported that the number of people hospitalized for vaping-related lung illnesses have doubled in the past week.

As things stand, respiratory illness cases connected to vaping have been reported in several locations across Chicago as well.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming, and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be risky".

Electronic cigarettes have been described as a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes, but health officials have been anxious about kids using them. That is the big question a lot of health officials are asking now, more than ever.

At least half of those people have gotten sick just this past week.

The American Vaping Association, an advocacy group, issued a statement arguing that "tainted, black market THC products" are to blame.

E-cigarettes have been available in the U.S. since 2006, and are sometimes used as an aid to quit smoking traditional tobacco products like cigarettes.

It is unclear if vaping exacerbated or caused the pulmonary illness or if some byproduct of the nicotine cartridges that is risky.

Health officials said they need to gather more information.

Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency is analysing product samples from states, to identify any potentially harmful constituents that may be triggering the illnesses.

"We want answers as bad as the public does", she said.

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