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OH health officials confirm three cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping

OH health officials confirm three cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping”

The death follows a report on e-cigarettes that was prepared for the recent legislative session by the Oregon Health Authority.

A death in OR that may be linked to vaping would be the state's first fatality in what health officials described as a "national outbreak" of severe lung illnesses.

OR health officials say the person had symptoms similar those of more than 200 other cases of respiratory illness potentially linked to vaping.

The person, who has been kept anonymous, died in July shortly after using an e-cigarette with T.H.C.

Health experts say nicotine is harmful to developing brains.

They've been hospitalized with symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss.

"We would like them to do more research before saying all vaping is bad", said Randy Burch, the owner of Euphoria Vapor. "It's not a pneumonia".

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.

That's a critical distinction in the OR case, according to the American Vaping Association, which has blamed the recent spate of lung illnesses on illegal vape pens that contain THC. All the patients, however, reported they also used other types of vaping products. The CDC also said people should not buy vaping products off the street or ones that have been modified. The lead investigator on the case, Dr. Ann Thomas, a public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division, said that the person was "otherwise healthy and quickly became very ill", requiring a ventilator before their death, the New York Times reported. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.

Summit County Public Health is urging residents to stop using any vape or e-cigarette devices immediately. "E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products". This statement was based on interviews with the patients, however the state agency is working with the FDA to coordinate samples of suspected THC products for testing.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently reported 89 percent of the 27 cases identified in the state so far could be linked to the vaping of THC products. Charles-Heathers said many kids are unaware of the risk from the unregulated e-cigarettes. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that is the main ingredient in cannabis.



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