Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC warns against vaping after series of lung-disease cases

CDC warns against vaping after series of lung-disease cases

"Many teens have unsafe misperceptions that vaping is harmless", the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said in the news release.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is aware of 450 possible cases of severe respiratory illness after vaping and at least five deaths.

The disease is more likely linked to chemical exposure.

Persse said the cases fit the profile of a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette products.

Balakos said state and national health organizations have developed a series of questions to ask patients while they are trying to rule out other causes for an illness and find a common denominator.

"Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died", Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said, reported KMBC9. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more.

Public health officials say Idaho has two confirmed cases of serious respiratory disease among people who vape.

Other reports suggest that there are 450 cases across 33 states and one U.S. territory, including 41 cases in the state of NY. Three of the patients are believed to be directly related to vaping, while three others remain under investigation.

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"It is time to stop vaping", said Dr.

Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas State Health Officer and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says that health officials nationwide continue to work aggressively to gather information and determine the cause of these lung injuries.

"Vaping" is when you use an e-cigarette to turn liquid into vapor. "The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify".

Industry leader Juul has recently come under fire for advertising its vaping products as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes, a claim which it has not proven to the FDA.

The department urges people who have trouble breathing after using vaping products to seek medical attention immediately.

The most recent health problems largely appear to affect people who vape THC, the chemical in marijuana that produces the high.

Many admitted to the hospital for these lung illnesses are facing symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss.

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