Second US Death Linked To Vaping Reported In Oregon State

The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping

The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping

Almost all of the samples of cannabis e-cigarette liquids tested contained the same oil derived from vitamin E, the Food and Drug Administration reportedly said in a briefing with state health officials on the call.

CDC said numerous patients who have experienced a severe form of the respiratory illness have been hospitalized, and a few continue to experience lingering lung problems, which have required extensive monitoring in intensive care units or use of a ventilator.

In Wisconsin, health officials said Thursday that a majority of the cases in their state had inhaled THC products.

Sickened individuals experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, cough and chest pain. Making it harder for smokers to get e-cigarettes means some smokers will go back to regular cigarettes, they say.

As of last week, 215 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes had been reported by 25 states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A number of illnesses have been linked to nicotine products, as well.

They also warned that no pregnant women, youth, young adults or anyone who doesn't already use other tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes.

OR health officials are investigating the death of an individual who suffered from a respiratory illness after using a vaping device.

"People need to stop using these illicit THC products now-and it's the CDC's responsibility to say what we do know", Michael Siegel, a professor of community health services at Boston University, tells the Post. NY officials also released a handful of pictures of some of the devices they believe could be causing the illnesses.

The three confirmed cases in Lucas, Richland and Union counties all required hospitalization and range in age from 18 to 26 years old. A state health department spokeswoman said a lab has found "high levels" of vitamin E acetate in "nearly all" the marijuana samples involved.

Nitzkin said that while he believes vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, and has a much less chance of causing serious illness, the material that is causing the vaping illness is in a class by itself. Some have experienced other symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, fever and fatigue.

Consumers utilizing battery-operated e-cigarettes inhale heat-vaporized liquids that will include nicotine, flavors, cannabis, or different substances.

E-cigarettes, which have been available in the US since about 2007 and have grown into a more than $6 billion-a-year industry, are battery-powered devices that typically heat a flavoured nicotine solution into an inhalable aerosol. "It's not intended for them", he said.

Restrictions around vaping products were put in place when the products were legalized a year ago, James Van Loon, director general of Health Canada's Tobacco Control Directorate, told The Current.