Kansan's death attributed to vaping


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 450 possible cases of lung disease related to vaping reported in 33 states. "There is a perception that vaping is safe, and these reports of serious pulmonary illness linked to e-cigarettes or vaping product use show that this is simply not true". Moreover, if the physician suspects an e-cigarette to be a possible cause of the disease, he or she should perform a detailed history interview the substances, where the product came from, and how was it obtained.

The number of lung related illnesses believed to be caused by vaping continues to rise across the country, including in North Texas. Lee Norman with KDHE stated in a press release.

Health officials in Kansas on Tuesday confirmed the death of a resident, the sixth person to die in the USA from the severe respiratory illness being linked to vaping.

So with medical professionals and government regulators desperately scrambling to determine what's suddenly causing hundreds of otherwise healthy people who engage in vaping to die or to rapidly develop life-threatening medical conditions, do you really want to risk your health without at least learning more about the cause?

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also said a national investigation hasn't identified a specific vaping or e-cigarette product that was associated with the rash of lung illnesses.

"Many [of the affected patients] patients report using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol". "As that work continues, I urge Kansans to be careful".

To date, Kansas has six cases associated with the outbreak.

While there is an ongoing investigation, health officials and the CDC ask the public to refrain from using e0-cigarettes.

"You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer", the agency also warned.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to ban flavoured e-cigarettes statewide in an effort to protect young people from the unknown consequences of vaping.

Early symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, coughing and extreme shortness of breath.

Health officials in Dallas County last week reported they had identified nine probable or confirmed cases of severe lung disease related to e-cigarettes.



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