Galveston County man hospitalized with 'serious lung illness' after using e-cigarettes

President Donald Trump advised people not to vape one day after his administration said it would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes

"This gives us one layer of protection to tell people what's in the products". Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana.

Vapers who develop symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss should seek medical care, Adirim said. "These are life-threatening illnesses, even for those who are otherwise completely healthy", said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority.

The 380 cases the federal health agency is probing all have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use. The devices, available in the United States since 2006, work instead by heating a liquid that turns into vapor and is inhaled.

But the bulk of this research was carried out before the current outbreak of severe lung disease in the United States, with more than 450 cases now under investigation.

The CDC's classification page for severe pulmonary illness with e-cigarette product use notes, "Based on available information, the disease is likely caused by an unknown chemical exposure; no single product or substance is conclusively linked to the disease". "The current number includes only confirmed and probable cases reported by states to CDC after classification", the CDC said in its update.

The report sheds light on some of the lung illnesses that have spread across 33 states, and authors say that investigations are needed in others states to see if those cases have the same features. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle is weighing a vaping ban, akin to one passed in San Francisco earlier this summer.

Vaping, which has been trendy among young adults and middle age people trying to ween off cigarettes, has been at the forefront of growing health concerns.

That claim is true, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine on 886 patients in Britain's National Health Service published in February.

Now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting thorough research and urging people to stop using the devices.

The one-year abstinence rate among e-cigarette users was 18 percent, compared to 9.9 percent among a group who used other nicotine replacement products like gum or patches. Most of the products tested had THC and other compounds found in marijuana plants, and most samples had vitamin E oil additives, Moore said. E-cigarettes are already illegal to sell in the U.S. to people under 18 or 21, depending on the state.

"I agree. I think this a problem, and I think it needs to be addressed".

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