U.S. Health Officials Warn About Lung Illness Linked to Vaping
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report published at independent.co.uk, United States health officials are warning the public and the medical community about lung illness linked to vaping. Numerous cases of unexplained lung illness have been reported in several states so far, and the only commonality among them is vaping.*
Officials say that about 100 cases have been reported to date, spanning 14 states. The illness is so far a mystery that has primarily affected teenagers and young adults who have used vaping devices, such as e-cigarettes. Many of the patients have been hospitalized due to the illness, and several have ended up in intensive care units and on ventilators because of extreme difficulty breathing.
Patients with the illness report trouble breathing, chest pain, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Officials say that treatment and recovery options are still unknown.
The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has said it is working with health departments in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to try to determine the etiology of the illness. The illness seems to present as a pulmonary condition resembling pneumonia.
Currently, officials have not traced the illness to any one product or device. They do not yet know if the illness is caused by the devices or by a product used in combination with the devices. Patients who came down with the illness said they had used a variety of products, including nicotine-based products and cannabis-based products, as well as homemade products.
The outbreak has renewed some public concern about the safety of vaping devices, which have become extremely popular with teenagers and young adults. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as schools and parents, report a large increase in vaping among students, and young people are becoming addicted to nicotine through the products.
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