MA reports more vaping-related lung illnesses

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2019

Sixty have been ruled out as confirmed or probable vaping-related illnesses.

The majority of the vaping-related illnesses in MA remain tied to marijuana, but state health officials said Wednesday that they still can't say whether the vapes making people sick are from regulated stores or the illicit market. The cases span every state but Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia and one US territory.

These are the second and third vaping-related deaths in Minnesota.

At this time, FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries in these cases, and the only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Since the reporting of vaping-related lung injury cases has been mandated, the number of possible cases reported to DPH has increased climbing from 83 reports on September 30 to 152 as of today.

Symptoms of the illness include severe shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. No single ingredient, electronic cigarette or vaping device has been linked to all the illnesses. Investigators say the first patient vaped a number of products including illegal THC.

The majority of those affected by the outbreak are young people, with about 80% of cases occurring in people under age 35.

Therefore, CDC recommends that you should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.

As per the latest update, there have been at least 1,299 cases of EVALI reported across 49 states and 26 deaths reported from 21 states since April 2019.

Even without acute lung injuries, e-cigarette use concerns Lynfield.

Kroger Co, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc have said they would stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores.

The American Vaping Association said in a press release that Bullock's decision is "rash and unfounded", and that Bullock and DPHHS should expect a legal challenge in court.

DPH has conducted patient interviews in 12 of the 29 cases reported to CDC and continues to contact patients for interviews. Only Alaska has not seen a case. The CDC said Thursday that it is increasing its lab testing - part of an effort to look for harmful chemicals across a "continuum", from the liquid in e-cigarettes to the vapor they emit to patients' bodies, said Cassie Brailer, a spokeswoman at the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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