More evidence vaping is not a healthy alternative to cigarettes

Henrietta Brewer
August 22, 2019

New studies show possible link between vaping and severe lung disease according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Including Nelson, Wisconsin had 15 confirmed cases as of Thursday, and another 15 under investigation, the health department said.

At least 30 of those cases were reported in Wisconsin, the CDC said in a statement Friday.

This is coming after almost 100 USA citizens, mostly teenagers and young adults, were hospitalized after they reported symptoms including difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, cough, and chest pain.

The diseases reported from the different states had similarities and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use. In addition to nicotine-based products, many patients also used those with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Other states have contacted CDC for possible cases in their areas, and investigations are kickstarted to determine if the new cases are also linked to vaping use.

The only factor the patients seem to have in common is a history of vaping.

On Saturday, the CDC called upon clinicians to help collect information about apparent, vaping-related lung conditions.

Other states, including NY and New Jersey, have also issued health advisories regarding vaping-linked lung illnesses. All patients tested negative for infectious diseases, but some required hospitalization. The CDC stresses that e-cigarettes are not safe for kids, teens, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not now use tobacco products. "We also must ensure illegal products, such as counterfeit, copycat, and those that deliver controlled substances, stay out of the market and away from youth", the spokesperson said.

Even when vaping is the suspected cause, clinicians should still explore all potential causes of the illness outside of e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are usually believed to be safer than regular cigarettes. In April, the US Food and Drug Administration began an investigation into seizures among e-cigarette users.

"It's important that teens and adults using vaping products understand that we don't have enough knowledge or research yet about the short and long-term effects of vaping", said Dr. Chapman. "As we see these clusters (of cases) appear, it's important that the public be aware of the risks of using these products".

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