Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC, FDA report 215 cases of respiratory illness possibly tied to vaping

CDC, FDA report 215 cases of respiratory illness possibly tied to vaping

In a statement provided to Fox News on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there were 215 potential cases of respiratory illnesses linked to vaping across 25 states.

This does little but cause confusion, and even though every single one of the cases of vaping-related lung issues from Milwaukee was linked to "dabbing" marijuana-based oils or waxes, the city's health officials are simply asking people to stop vaping entirely. It further says, "Youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not now use tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes". THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes the "high" sensation.

Wisconsin was one of the first states to report vaping-related lung illnesses. While CBD is allowed in certain medical cases, you can't legally buy THC products in this state for medical purposes or otherwise, meaning that anyone who is vaping THC in Wisconsin bought it illegally.

Gottlieb, who led a crackdown on e-cigarette makers while at the FDA, said that mainstream e-cigarette products such as those from Juul or Blu are unlikely to be involved in the cases.

Another 14 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported in NY since state health officials earlier this month first warned that 11 people using vaping devices had to be hospitalized.

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Ann Scales, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Public Health, said no cases have been reported in MA yet, and hospitals aren't required to report such incidents.

The CDC has not finished its initial investigation, the exact cause of the illness is not yet known.

The number of Iowans suffering from severe respiratory illness due to vaping is going up. However, there's a serious lack of information available about what kinds of products the affected individuals were using, and it's leading to what may be an unwarranted panic.

"We continue to learn more about the health effects associated with e-cigarettes", Kowalik said in a statement Wednesday. In 2018, almost 1 in every 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days. State-specific epidemiologic investigations are ongoing.

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