Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

MA experiences first vaping-related death

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Deanna Wagner | 09 October, 2019, 04:14

The CDC said the latest findings from its investigation into lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, indicate that among cases for which information on substances used in these products was available, tetrahydrocannabinol-containing products (or a combination of THC- and nicotine-containing products) were used by more than three-quarters of people affected by the outbreak.

MA has enforced the strictest temporary ban on e-cigarettes, blocking all sales of the devices, while states like NY and MI have banned only flavored e-cigarettes.

The Illinois/Wisconsin report found that almost all THC-containing products individuals reported using were packaged, prefilled cartridges primarily acquired from informal sources such as friends, family members or illicit dealers.

One reason for caution is more data is needed from a larger number of patients as well as lack of data on what ingredients are in e-cigarettes even though the majority of those being treated for lung injuries reported using products with THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Monday announced the state's first death linked to a vaping-related lung injury.

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Based on this recent data, CDC recommends people consider refraining from use of e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC.

Vaping and electronic cigarettes gained in popularity over the last decade as an alternative to smoking tobacco products. And the state warned against those that are homemade which often involve modifying or adding substances to products purchased at retail stores. Selling these products to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal in Hawai'i. If you don't use vaping devices, don't start. A lot of this investigation is ongoing.

MA has imposed a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products, including those used for marijuana, which is legal in the state.

If you have recently used a vaping device and are experiencing symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain, see a healthcare provider. You may also call the Hawai'i Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.