Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Idaho deals with vaping-related illness

Idaho deals with vaping-related illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other health experts issued a stark warning September 6 for young smokers to stop vaping after over 450 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products were reported to the CDC in 33 states and 1 US territory, including California.

"Farah Ahmed, the patient had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly", the release said. Her call for action comes just days after health officials urged people to stop vaping until they can figure out why hundreds have been diagnosed with serious lung illnesses. Investigators say numerous cases involve vaping products that include the primary ingredient of marijuana, THC.

Health officials stated they have only been counting certain lung illnesses in which the person had vaped within the last three months.

IN officers told the person who died there was an adult, but they didn't say when it happened or publish other details.

The CDC is working alongside state health officials to determine exactly what chemical or chemicals are contributing to the rash of illnesses. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are also urging patients in the medical marijuana program to consult with their health care providers on potential alternatives to vaping products while the investigation continues.

The Sun also reported that Public Health England - which claimed towards the end of past year that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking - has said it is not aware of similar incidents in the UK. "If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop", KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said, adding that he is "extremely alarmed".

The director of the Centers for Disease Control tweeted the cases span 33 states and the Virgin Islands with five reported deaths.

The CDC and the FDA encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco- or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal.

DELAWARE-The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) says it is participating in a multi-state investigation into an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease reported across the country. No other information was provided, to protect patient confidentiality.

Currently, the CDC does not have enough evidence to conclude that Vitamin E acetate is indefinitely the culprit, but it warns people to stay away from all e-cigarette products, according to a September 6 CDC press release.

Symptoms among the cases reported include shortness of breath, fever, coughing and vomiting, and additional indicators have included headaches, dizziness and chest pain.

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