Saturday, 21 September, 2019

Another death from lung illness linked to vaping reported

Two are hospitalized with vaping-related lung injuries in Stanislaus County | Modesto Bee Death linked to vaping could be first in Oregon
Cecil Davis | 05 September, 2019, 23:18

OR health officials say the person had symptoms similar those of more than 200 other cases of respiratory illness potentially linked to vaping. According to the CDC, there are more than 200 possible cases across 25 states.

Last month, Matt Zohfeld said his 17-year-old son Tryston was recovering after being in a coma for 10 days from a vaping-related lung injury.

"Those 12 have divulged that they've vaped THC, and the vast majority of them have also mentioned vaping nicotine products as well", said Holzbauer.

A man is seen vaping in this undated stock image. At least one person has died so far.

Many people believe vaping is safer than traditional cigarettes and tobacco, which kill 8 million people each year due to cancer, health disease and other conditions, according to the World Health Organization. The products have been used in the US for more than a decade and are generally considered safer than traditional cigarettes because they don't create all the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco.

Holzbauer said they're still hoping to hear from others who may have been sickened, but not sought medical care or been hospitalized.

Wyden said his ban proposal was prompted by a recent multi-state outbreak of severe lung disease, including the death of a middle-aged OR user of vaping products.

That same chemical was also found in almost all cannabis samples from patients who fell ill in NY in recent weeks, a state health department spokeswoman said.

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State health departments are reporting new cases weekly.

The CDC and Food and Drug Administration warned the public not to buy vaping products off the street.

Mark Pettinger, spokesman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees Oregon's legal marijuana industry, said the investigation was in its early stages, but if it turns out the THC oil was implicated, his agency can track the product back to its origin and review all the testing results.

Cannabis-containing products are not legally available in New York State for recreational use.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division, said in a statement. Both agencies are working with state and local authorities to determine the names and types of products and devices used, as well as where they were purchased.

Concerns continue to grow surrounding the ongoing reports of hospitalizations relating to e-cigarette use.

Proponents of e-cigarettes have called them a helpful tool for getting tobacco users to give up conventional cigarettes - or to never get hooked on them in the first place.