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

US probes link between vaping and lung disease as patient dies

US probes link between vaping and lung disease as patient dies

All forms of tobacco use cause disease and potentially death, but the new danger has been linked specifically to vaping or dabbing, which is using e-cigarette devices with marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates.

From teenagers to adults, all e-cigarette users are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, coughing and chest pains. "IDPH is working with local health departments to investigate another 12 individuals".

A patient who had recently been vaping has died in hospital in the Midwestern US state of IL after developing severe respiratory illness, the local health authority said Friday. That number has risen dramatically from the 94 cases that the CDC recently said it would investigate.

While the CDC and state health providers continue to investigate the almost 200 cases of severe pulmonary disease reported across the USA, one doctor spoke with NBC News about a similar case report that he presented around four years ago. Scientists are still studying the products to understand risks and possible benefits, but advise that they should never be used by youth, young adults, or pregnant women.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a news release that the patient, who was between 17 and 38 years old, had been hospitalized after falling ill following vaping, though it didn't give other information about the person, including the patient's name, hometown or date of death. Some have also experienced vomiting and diarrhea, with symptoms worsening before admission to the hospital.

The CDC is investigating more than 149 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette/vape product use in 15 states; California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin from June 28 to August 20.

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The Illinois agency said in its release that the number of people who contracted a respiratory illness after vaping had doubled in the past week, to 22. Some have reported gastrointestinal illnesses, as well.

Ileana Arias, a CDC official, said, "More information is needed to know what is causing these illnesses". Patients with a history of vaping who are experiencing breathing problems should seek medical care.

The majority of the sickened have been youngsters or grown-ups who had utilized an electronic cigarette or some other sort of vaping gadget.

The CDC said "severe unexplained respiratory symptoms" have been reported after vaping or e-cigarette use. So far, infectious diseases have been ruled out.

The CDC has also reported that many of those affected have acknowledged to health professionals their recent use of THC-containing products.

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