IN health officials report state’s first death linked to vaping

  • IN health officials report state’s first death linked to vaping

IN health officials report state’s first death linked to vaping

In response to the recent spate of illnesses, the CDC is now urging people to pack in vaping until they get to the bottom of the problem. So far, the only thing that is common in these cases is the use of e-cigarettes.

It's been used by the people suffering from the vaping-related lung illnesses.

While it's unclear exactly what role the devices played in the illnesses that span 33 states, the numbers show a startling trend among those most vulnerable: youth who inhale.

Regardless of the ongoing investigation, the CDC said 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.

The number of deaths linked to vaping is now up to five as the Centers for Disease Control investigate the 450 cases of severe lung illness reported nationwide. Some reported using both THC and e-cigarettes while a smaller group reported using only nicotine, the CDC said. The FDA is analyzing samples submitted by a number of states for the presence of a broad range of chemicals, including nicotine, THC and other cannabinoids along with cutting agents/diluents and other additives, pesticides, opioids, poisons, heavy metals and toxins.

State epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield says the state began looking at the case after the patient died and found the lung injury was associated with vaping THC products. A week ago, USA officials pegged the number at 215 possible cases in 25 states. "E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products".

Nelson said her family was told that her illness was caused by her vaping habits.

Harrowing first-person accounts from teens all over the USA have begun to emerge, including one student in Utah who vowed to never touch a vape again after she was placed in a medically induced coma and diagnosed with lung disease.

THC is the high-inducing component of marijuana, and numerous vaping illnesses around the country have been linked to use of THC-laden liquids.

Yesterday, it was reported that a substance known as "vitamin E acetate" - an oil derived from vitamin E - had been found in 10 out of 18 marijuana product samples taken from patients for testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "This chemical may act like grease in the lungs, damaging the tiny sacs that fill with air".

The first case of the mysterious lung illness, in IL, came in April, indicating that the syndrome emerged earlier than the mid-June date that has been often cited by federal officials as the time the afflictions began.

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