Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ontario orders public hospitals to report vaping-related lung disease

Ontario orders public hospitals to report vaping-related lung disease

Health Canada recently issued a warning to people who do vape to monitor themselves for lung problems.

Ministry spokesperson Hayley Chazan added that hospitals could have potentially seen patients already "who fit the clinical profile" of vaping-related severe pulmonary disease, but they wouldn't necessarily know unless the hospitals voluntarily reported their cases.

Mackie says the unknowns of the chemicals used in vaping products are a cause of concern.

A high school student from London Middlesex suffered a severe respiratory illness from vaping e-cigarettes and was just released from the ICU.

Health officials in London say a high-school-aged youth was on life support after smoking e-cigarettes, but has since recovered.

The warning followed a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses in the United States - almost all of them linked to vaping marijuana oil.

Confirmation of the case comes amid growing reports of vaping related illness and deaths in the U.S. In recent months, officials throughout the U.S. have reported more than 380 cases of vaping related illness, seven of them fatal.

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The London Middlesex Health Unit made the announcement today. All they can relate it so far is the e-cigarette use.

In Ontario, cases of lung illness suspected of being related to vaping had not been routinely collected until Health Minister Christine Elliott ordered hospitals on Wednesday to begin sending such information to the province's chief medical officer of health.

The teen is believed to be the first case of vaping-related pulmonary illness to have been reported in Canada, as multiple reports are being investigated in the United States.

A study by David Hammond, a professor with the school of public health and health systems at the University of Waterloo, found that vaping by Canadian youth between the ages of 16 and 19 increased 74 per cent between 2017 and 2018, Stobo said.

The federal government is considering stricter advertising rules for e-cigarettes.

"It has become abundantly clear that we do not have access to sufficient data and information to understand the potential scope of this issue", Elliott said in a statement. Many of those sickened were young people.

"Canadians are reminded that the purchase of vaping products outside the legal market may create additional risk as these products are unregulated and potentially unsafe, and thereby pose a risk to health and safety".

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