Kansas death linked to vaping-related lung disease

Henrietta Strickland
September 11, 2019

Houston health officials say three teenagers have been hospitalized with serious lung illnesses following electronic cigarette use and vaping.

The recent death was a Kansas resident over the age of 50.

Numerous reported illnesses involved vaping products, including cannabis products, containing vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from vitamin E that can be unsafe if inhaled.

American Medical Association President Patrice Harris issued a statement saying the "illnesses now sweeping across the country reaffirm our belief that the use of e-cigarettes and vaping is an urgent public health epidemic that must be addressed".

"Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died", Governor Laura Kelly said. The health department is ordering the companies to provide additional information to aid its investigation. "I urge Kansans to be careful".

The theory now favored by public health officials investigating lung diseases among vapers, The New York Times notes, is that "some unsafe chemical or combination of chemicals has been introduced into the pipeline of vaping products".

Burstein says the hospitals are notifying the state Health Department if a case comes in.

"Combatting vaping and e-cigarette usage in our middle-school population has been a priority of my office for some time now", said Borough President James Oddo.

Kansas has recorded its first death linked to a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related lung disease.

The Federal and State officials are intensively investigating the sudden eruption of illness and deaths related to e-cigarette use.

Cases have also been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Three have been confirmed or listed as probable while the other three are still under investigation. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is probing 450 cases of lung illness that may have been caused by e-cigarette use around the country.

"Not only did vaping save my life, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we spend every day at this business helping people save their own lives using vaping products", said Osborne.

Patients typically experienced respiratory symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain, and may also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or fatigue.

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