Health officials warn public to stop vaping

Henrietta Brewer
September 10, 2019

Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in IL and Wisconsin - Preliminary Report, New England Journal of Medicine.

"Health officials can target imports and conduct blitzes at global mail facilities to try and capture, shut down more illegal and counterfeit vapes and source some of the unsafe products".

Megan Constantino, 36, from St. Petersburg, Florida, quit vaping 6 days ago in response to reports of the illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

While there are no confirmed cases in DE at this time, DPH is now investigating three possible cases among DE residents. Five deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and OR, the CDC reports. But a majority of victims have reported using products containing THC, such as waxes and oils that are heated and inhaled.

Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. A few patients went on to experience respiratory failure and had to be placed on ventilators.

That said, the vaping illness could potentially be a new type of lipoid pneumonia, researchers say.


Delaware Public Health Director Karyl Rattay said she's alarmed by a nationwide rise in these cases of respiratory illness.

32% of the patients needed a ventilator because they had difficulty breathing.

"When you have regulatory boards having oversight for products that hit the market, you're not going to end up with bootleg, cut vape cartridges that have the potential to cause harm", Marcus said.

"These cells are very distinctive, and we don't often see them", said senior author Scott Aberegg, MD, a critical care pulmonologist at University of Utah Health, in a statement. FDA officials last week said they have found vitamin E acetate in numerous tested THC samples, though FDA spokesperson Michael Felberbaum clarified that "n$3 o one substance, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested". He added, "Importantly, identifying any compounds that are present in the samples will be one piece of the puzzle but will not necessarily answer questions about causality". People who have never touched the butt of a cigarette to their lips are beginning to use a juul or other electronic smoking substitutes on a daily basis.

Health officials in the US are also investigating a possible connection to vitamin E acetate in one product which initial investigation indicates it may be connected to several vaping illness cases.

The CDC recommends that people who use e-cigarette products should not buy these products "off the street" and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.


"Both cases have a history of vaping, including THC, but no other known commonalities such as location or specific products", she said. "We imagine the same is true for e-cigarettes as well", Bostean said.

"If you don't have a condition that requires it, why are you using an illegal product that puts your life at risk?" she asked.

For months now health officials have warned about the potential dangers of using e-cigarettes.

The current thinking is that certain chemicals are to blame, with the US Food and drug Administration finding multiple patients had used the same vitamin E-derived oil in marijuana products.

At least five people in the United States have died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping.

With the amount of New Yorkers suffering from vaping-associated lung ailments soaring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a wellness unexpected emergency and is using intense action to cope with a vaping epidemic throughout the country and throughout the state.


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