CDC warns against vaping as "vape lung" spreads

CDC warns against vaping as

CDC warns against vaping as "vape lung" spreads

Officials say 215 cases have been reported in 25 states.

As of today, September 9th, more than 450 possible cases of acute lung illness potentially associated with e-cigarette use, also referred to as vaping, were reported from 33 states (Washington is not one of the states) in recent months according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nicotine is found in many plants, including tobacco. But while the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and others are still saying there are multiple reasons why these products could be hurting people, health officials in NY have pointed to one ingredient in particular: vitamin E oil. Namely, that they monitor themselves for potential systems (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever) and seek medical attention if they have any concerns.

The three-term pol made the remarks as he sat in front of an all-caps sign that read, "Vaping can expose you to toxic chemicals and kill you!" and laid out a new plan to more tightly regulate vaping products sold in NY state.

That means there's little research on how vitamin E could affect our lungs when heated and inhaled. No specific product or substance has been linked to all cases though some users reported using products containing THC, the high-inducing substance in marijuana.

The CDC launched its investigation into the lung illnesses on August 1, 2019, and has worked closely since then with the Food and Drug Administration, states and other public health partners, and clinicians to determine the cause.

Most of the cases are among adolescents and young adults. Vitamin E acetate has been used to thicken marijuana vape juice.

Also on Friday, The New England Journal of Medicine published reports on e-cigarette-related illnesses in three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah.

The Centers for Disease Control in the USA said it doesn't know if the illness is new or just newly recognized.

A health official from IL told the Associated Press she did not know when such illnesses first began. But she added there has been a marked increase since last spring.

"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children", she wrote Monday. Last week MI became to first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. "But that's why I still think there's further investigation to see exactly what's going on with this". "We urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market", Dr. Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association, said in a statement.

A JUUL spokesman said the company is studying the FDA's comments and "will fully cooperate".

In a statement, the FDA's acting commissioner said that, "JUUL has ignored the law, and very concerningly, has made some of these statements in school to our nation's youth". The FDA accused the company of illegally marketing its products as being "safer than cigarettes" without the agency's approval.

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