Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Tennessee reports 49 cases of lung injury linked to vaping

Tennessee reports 49 cases of lung injury linked to vaping

"All health care providers evaluating patients for EVALI should ask about the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products and ideally should ask about types of substances used", the agency's report read.

Further, CDC said it is important that clinicians ask patients about use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products "in a nonjudgmental way", particularly amid the start of the US influenza season. The agency noted that a majority of patients with the illness have reported using products containing the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the high-inducing chemical found in marijuana. Manufacturers selling devices for cannabis often make vague claims that their products are intended for use with extracts and leaves, which could include nicotine and tobacco.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have been investigating the cases since they first began to proliferate earlier this year, but have yet to pin down the root cause because of the variety of vaping products available. However, with more than 80 % of cases involving THC products, officials are increasingly focusing on thickeners and additives present in black market THC cartridges.

Specifically, 76% of the people with lung injuries reported using THC-containing products, and 36% reported using them exclusively for 3 months before the symptoms appeared.

Almost 60 percent of patients reported using nicotine-based products, while 76 percent reported using THC-containing products.

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The CDC do not yet know what has caused the outbreak.

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"The medical institution reported the case as the patient who was suffering from pulmonary diseases had a history of smoking liquid e-cigarettes", a KCDC official said.

In addition, CDC recommended that clinicians strongly warn patients against using e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Smokers attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments including counseling and FDA-approved medications.

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