Sixth death possibly linked to vaping

Joanna Estrada
September 12, 2019

The nationwide investigation led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not linked the illnesses to any specific e-cigarette product. More than 450 potential cases have been reported in almost three dozen states, according to the CDC, which is working with the FDA, state, and local health officials to investigate the condition. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Numerous sickened - but not all - had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high.

Numerous patients are teenagers.

"It's the off the street black market THC Cartridges", said Mueller. "That's crucial because chemicals will react differently depending on what temp to which they are heated", Culbert said. The CDC and FDA are now working together to gather all relevant information and are expected to release a report in the New England Journal of Medicine outlining the specifics of the disease they're studying, believed to be linked to e-cigarettes. Suppliers say it dilutes vape oils without making them look watery. They wrote up their findings about six patients in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"E-cigarettes and vaping are not safe".

Aaaron Todd is one of thousands who credit vaping with kicking his habit of cigarette smoking.

At this point in the investigation, it's unclear which products and which chemicals caused the illnesses. The liquid can contain nicotine, flavorings and other ingredients. Some early-stage laboratory and animal studies suggest these flavor particles can damage the lungs, airways and blood vessels, but more research is needed to better understand how human bodies react to them. The agency said it's providing information from the ongoing federal and state investigation so consumers can protect themselves.

All patients are between the ages of fifteen and thirty, she said.

An Illinois health official, Dr. Jennifer Layden, claimed officials there don't know the beginning illnesses first began, but she said there has been a remarkable increase since spring. They also say more needs to be done to identify the long-term effects of vaping.

If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette product, contact your health care provider.

The CDC is also trying to match what its scientists are finding in tissue and fluid samples taken from patients' lungs with substances the FDA is identifying in the products used by sick patients.

This was curious as high Vitamin E is only found in test samples of products in labs which contain cannabis not nicotine.

The Ministry of Health describes it as the use of an electronic device that heats a liquid turning it into an aerosol (vapour), which the user inhales.

"I urge Kansans to be careful", she added.

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