Centers for Disease Control Announce Warning About Dangers of Vaping as Deaths Mount
ATLANTA, GA. — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the number of serious pulmonary illnesses attributed to vaping has increased to 450 in 33 U.S. states. The death toll from vaping continues to rise as well. According to a report appearing on Huffpost.com, a third person has succumbed to the mysterious lung illness connected to “vaping.” Accordingly, the CDC has publicly recommended against vaping and reports suggest that the Trump Administration, by executive order, is prepared to ban most (if not all) flavored vaping products. One of the most confounding problems plaguing researchers from the CDC is whether this rash of respiratory illnesses are new or have been occurring since vaping became a popular alternative to traditional nicotine delivery systems and a common method of ingesting THC, the active chemical found in marijuana.
It is unclear at this time which specific products are causing respiratory illness, and not every person who developed these new lung illnesses that concern the public health officials at the CDC vaped THC, but many have admitted to doing it. Scientists have been unable to identify one brand of product making people ill, nor have scientists ruled out nicotine products. Research studies of 53 people sickened with respiratory illness from Utah, Illinois, and Wisconsin, published by the New England Journal of Medicine according to Huffpost.com, indicate that 20% of the people who became sick after they vaped nicotine products, not just THC-infused chemicals or any ingredients containing CBD oil.
The overwhelming majority of lung illnesses reported to the CDC were cases involving teenagers. However, one of the people who died from a vaping-related lung illness was an adult. Some of the victims who fell ill were in their twenties as well, but scientists are not sure if age is a factor. Until researchers discover why people have been getting sick after vaping, the CDC counsels everyone to stop doing so.
Recent news reports and investigative findings also suggest that that the presence of Vitamin E Acetate, which is normally found in common household skin and dietary supplement products, may be a large reason for the public health crisis. In a recent report, the FDA found that the chemical additive was present in ten out of eighteen THC products. The FDA has not approved Vitamin E Acetate as an additive in vaping products, but it was present in nearly all cannabis oil samples collected from New York patients who fell ill in recent weeks.
According to a Washington Post report, "'[v]itamin E acetate is basically grease,' said Michelle Francl, a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College. Its molecular structure means that 'you have to heat it up pretty hot' for it to vaporize.' Its boiling point is 363 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well above the 212 degrees F boiling point for water." However, vape cartridges are capable of heating oil cartridges above 400 degrees, and human lungs are not meant to be able to break down oil molecules. Some clinical doctors recently found that patients suffering from respiratory symptoms associated with vaping had a rare lung disease called lipoid pneumonia, a disease in which lipids (organic oils) prevent the lungs from exchanging the necessary gases, such as oxygen, necessary for the respiratory process. Symptoms of the vaping illness include shortness of breath, chest pain, vomiting, and fatigue. Physicians said the symptoms from vaping are similar to those doctors expect to see when a person inhales a caustic substance.
Our firm will continue to monitor the health affects from vaping as more investigations are made public. However, it appears that legitimate businesses, not just illicit drug manufacturers, may be manufacturing these dangerous vaping products and could be implicated. Injured victims should also record the name of the company and/or brand associated with any vaping cartridges that precipitated illness.
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