Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Middle-Aged Person Dies In Oregon After Vaping Cannabis Product

Middle-Aged Person Dies In Oregon After Vaping Cannabis Product

The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that health officials have interviewed eight of 15 patients in Minnesota who have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses with confirmed links to vaping. "There have been several reports from around the country from people who have reported just using nicotine products that have developed this lung injury".

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division, said in a statement. Thomas also said "this individual was consuming a THC preparation purchased at a dispensary".

Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and signs of infection, such as fevers, without any apparent source. He said health professionals are confident that the problem is related to vaping, and there is suspicion that there may be a toxin involved. "It's not a pneumonia".

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 states.

"More information is needed to better understand whether there's a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses", the officials said.

Health officials in some states have said a number of people who got sick had vaped products containing THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.

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"CDC has been warning about the identified and potential dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping since these devices first appeared, " Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the center's director, said in a statement Friday after a death in IL. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.

Jerome Adams, the US Surgeon General, also reiterated this point in a recent tweet confirming, "NO single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with these illness reports".

Public health authorities are investigating the brands and types of e-cigarette products used by the patients, where they were obtained, and whether any of them would fall under the FDA's regulatory authority.

Experts advise that e-cigarette users should monitor themselves for symptoms and "promptly seek medical attention" if one has concerns about their health.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently reported 89 percent of the 27 cases identified in the state so far could be linked to the vaping of THC products.

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