More vaping illnesses reported, many involving marijuana

Henrietta Brewer
August 30, 2019

The city's health department again "strongly encouraged" residents against using any THC products containing e-liquid.

As the wait continues for robust scientific research regarding the safety of these devices, and as more and more health issues result from vaping, Chapman says we must support the CDC, the FDA and local health departments' investigations "as urgently as we can".

The agency is using an "electronic syndromic surveillance system", Scales said, which will be used to track and identify cases of respiratory illnesses that could be linked to vaping. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

The preliminary report notes that many - but not all - of the illnesses involved counterfeit e-liquid products, some of which contained THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Teens across the country have primarily been affected.

The new tally of 25 cases in NY comes after the first vaping-linked death was suspected in IL and almost 200 vaping-related lung diseases are being investigated across the country.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 states.

The number of Iowans suffering from severe respiratory illness due to vaping is going up.

'Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street (eg, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids) and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer, ' said the CDC and FDA in a joint statement. "That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action".

The negative health effects associated with cigarettes and cigars have always been documented, leading to a decline in use among teens in the recent years.

But at this stage, the CDC can't say what - if anything - in e-cigarettes vapors is doing life-threatening damage to Americans. Patients have reported symptoms beginning anywhere from a few days to several weeks after using an e-cigarette. That's an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011. State-specific epidemiologic investigations are ongoing.

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