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

CDC reports first death believed to be related to vaping

CDC reports first death believed to be related to vaping

At least three people in Virginia have suffered lung illness related to vaping, state health officials announced Monday.

The state received the report of the death Thursday, said Dr. Jennifer Layden, the IL agency's chief medical officer. But it remains to be seen as to whether the agency will amend information on its website that says: "E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products". CDC has been warning about the identified and potential dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping since these devices first appeared. The lung illnesses doctors have, however, observed and confirmed a consistency with chemical inhalation and lung injuries. "Vaping exposes users to many different substances for which we have little information about related harms - including flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids, and solvents", Redfield said.

CDC Director Robert Redfield said: "This tragic death in IL reinforces the serious risk associated with e-cigarette products".

However, academics in the United Kingdom have said much more research is needed and there needs to be better regulation.

Some vaping products have also been found to contain other potentially harmful substances and a number of the flavours, such as cinnamon, vanilla and cherry, produce a toxic reaction.

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The UK is now bound by European Union regulations on the amount of nicotine an e-cigarette can have, while levels in the United States are much higher. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students. I think we should be more cautious. Experts, however, have long warned that there could be negative health side effects to vaping, and we seem to be seeing that right now. The illness is primarily affecting adolescents and young adults, the age group with the highest rates of vaping.

A number of countries are now banning the sale of e-cigarettes, including Australia and Japan.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be unsafe", said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

At least two people have previously died in the USA after their e-cigarette exploded in their face.

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