As many are already aware, there have been recent reports of a respiratory illness that, as of September 10, has led to the deaths of six individuals in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, and Kansas, which are linked to the use of e-cigarettes.
The CDC suggests contacting your local poison control center if you're concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette product at 1-800-222-1222. CDC indicated that many of these cases reported using illicit cannabinoid products, such as THC. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
In DPH's release, it admits these investigations are ongoing, and no investigation has identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that was linked in all cases. "Many teens have risky misperceptions that vaping is harmless", Forbing-Orr stated.
Salathe and his colleagues said they've proven by testing human cadaver cells and sheep that vaping damages how the lungs work, and that kind of damage often leads to chronic bronchitis and even COPD over time. But in the U.S. authorities are asking people to consider not using e-cigarettes while an investigation is under way into deaths that may be linked to the behaviour. He could hear a proposal to ban e-cigarette flavors from store shelves, a regulation that the vaping industry's critics say would cut its products appeal to teenagers.
"I urge Kansans to be careful".
"We agree with the FDA - if you don't want to die or end up in a hospital, stop vaping illegal THC oils immediately", said a spokesman from the American Vaping Association. The large number of cases is new and alarming to public health officials. "Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries".
Talking to a private news channel, lung specialist Prof Dr Javed Khan stressed on the need for more rigorous anti-tobacco campaigns that focused on tobacco cigarettes and on the rising trend of e-cigarettes among youth to create awareness about the harmful effects of smoking.
Dr. Humberto Choi, a respiratory physician at Cleveland Clinic, said doctors are seeing many people coming in with respiratory symptoms that range from chronic coughing to severe lung illness.
Nevertheless, the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention say there have been 450 potential circumstances of lung illness linked to vaping throughout 33 states.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed his state's health department to subpoena the records of three marketers and sellers of thickening agents used in black market vaping products.
Recent reports revealed that investigators had found a potentially problematic oil in some of the samples collected from patients that may cause symptoms in people who vape.