Sunday, 22 September, 2019

ODH: New initiatives to educate youths, parents on vaping dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Aug. 30 they are investigating more cases of a breathing illness associated with vaping. The root cause remains unclear but officials said Friday that many reports involve marijuana vaping 2 Cases Of Vaping-Related Illness Reported In Georgia
Anna Jefferson | 11 September, 2019, 01:12

The CDC told reporters that some laboratories have identified Vitamin E acetate in some of the product samples, which will be further examined, but at this stage "no one device, product or substance has been linked to all cases".

That said, while the jury's still out on which exact substance or chemical byproduct is behind the mysterious afflictions, CDC has explicitly urged people to stop vaping. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more.

The sufferers have been encountering respiratory signs or symptoms that include things like cough, shortness of breath, or chest suffering.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be unsafe", said Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, in an August statement.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a September 6 news release, said that five other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and California.

Privacy laws prevent officials from disclosing what type of vaping products the patients said they were using, Persse said.

"Something has clearly changed", Persse said, noting that most of the illnesses across the country have been reported within the past six weeks.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports lung illness is likely associated with the chemical exposure that is in e-cigarettes.

The letter also asked clinicians to report vaping cases to the health department. "If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop".

But we will reiterate the point federal and state officials are making, which is that vaping carries risks. "We simply don't have enough data yet to say which products may be safe to use".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to ban flavoured e-cigarettes statewide in an effort to protect young people from the unknown consequences of vaping.

The Food and Drug Administration said numerous samples tested contain THC and Vitamin E acetate, a substance found in topical and dietary supplements.

In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine on Friday, David Christiani, MD, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said, "About 80 percent of the persons who vaped and became ill reported having used both nicotine products and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) products".

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