Published: Thu, August 29, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

MDHHS investigates rising trend of e-cigarette/vaping-associated respiratory illness

MDHHS investigates rising trend of e-cigarette/vaping-associated respiratory illness

Cases of severe lung disease have recently been highly publicized nationwide, and Memphis-area health professionals warn that the risks that come with vaping are all too real. Those who reported being ill claimed to use a variety of vaping products, including ones containing marijuana, THC and nicotine. Just last week in IL, the first death from a vaping-related lung illness was confirmed in an adult.

Nova Scotia's was one of the first provinces to introduce regulations banning the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19 and banning in-store advertising, but Strang said there could be further tightening.

No hospitals in the Mid-South that WREG contacted reported any severe lung illness cases due to vaping, and they're hoping it stays that way.

The Maryland Department of Health is taking this problem seriously and is working with native health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- CDC and the Food and Drug Administration to identify anybody who may be experiencing related signs, Frances B. Phillips, the state's deputy secretary for public health, stated in the release. Instead, health officials seem determined to keep people smoking.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be risky", IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.

The patients range in age from 17 to 38-years old, with numerous 22 affected states centred in the middle and north east of the country. "Also called E-juice. Check this page to know what is e-juice is made out of".

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"Beyond the harmful effects of nicotine, we've shown that vaping has a sudden, immediate effect on the body's vascular function, and could potentially lead to long-term harmful consequences". Studies have found that the e-liquids - which have aerosols - enter the lungs and leave massive chemical residue behind.

In all cases, the CDC says patients reported using e-cigarette products or "vaping".

Marketing and advertising for e-cigarettes is now not regulated by the federal government.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open found the number of self-reported cigarettes smoked monthly declined by 24.4%, backed up by sales data showing a 24.1% decrease on average over the seven-year period.

An estimated 64 million people are expected to switch from traditional cigarettes to alternative nicotine delivery devices over the next three years, boosting the global industry by an estimated $53.4 billion by 2024.

Authorities are asking individuals to get medical attention if they undergo any respiratory signs after vaping.

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