Ontario orders public hospitals to report vaping-related lung disease

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

Six deaths have been reported from six states.

The healthiest option is to not vape or smoke.

E-cigarettes have been available in the U.S. and Canada since 2006, and are sometimes used to aid in quitting smoking traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes. He also said that the government will not just stand by and watch e-cigarettes make youth addicted to nicotine. Other deaths have been reported in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon.

There are now three confirmed cases in Washington. There is no indication that the outbreak is contagious.

Symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, may start gradually and may worsen over a period of days to weeks. It was unknown what type of products the patient used, the release said.

What are public agencies doing to get to the bottom of this?

The CDC is investigating cases in 33 states to determine the cause of the outbreak of pulmonary illnesses. "Because consumers can not be sure whether any THC vaping products may contain Vitamin E acetate, consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street". "We offer free help for anyone who wants to quit vaping or using other tobacco products". Nationally, there are confirmed 380 cases, a figure revised downward from 450 the previous week due to a CDC change in reporting possible incidents that were under investigation. Twenty-five percent of reported cases have required hospitalized patients to be placed on mechanical ventilation to support breathing. But new cases are continuing to come in.

"If you have used e-cigarette products, and experience symptoms, seek medical care and tell your health care provider about your vaping history", said Dr. Levine.

Nonetheless, the FDA said in a statement, "it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance". Vitamin E acetate is a thickening agent popular in THC vaping products.

How can a vape user stay safe?

If you do use e-cigarette or vaping products, you should not buy these products off the street and should not modify these products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

Last week, President Donald Trump suggested that the FDA could issue a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes.

According to a report from the Associated Press, The Food and Drug Administration is now developing guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco from the market.

Is this really new, or has it always been a risk of vaping? However, the London-Middlesex case is believed to be the first reported in Canada.