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Three Texas teens treated for vape-related lung issues

Three Texas teens treated for vape-related lung issues”

Vaping describes the process of inhaling aerosols generated by devices such as e-cigarettes.

As of September 6, more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported in 33 states, including NY.

The vaping liquid (also called e-liquid) typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, plus flavours and the option of nicotine.

Considering that the compounds inhaled through cigarette smoke are very different from those inhaled through the vast number of different flavored e-cigarettes and vaping devices, wouldn't that be like comparing apples and oranges?

In the U.S., where e-cigarettes are less tightly regulated in most states, vaping has overtaken cigarettes as the most popular tobacco product for young Americans. Like I previously said, young people are still vaping, Juuling, you name it. And the long-term risks are still unknown. Some public health officials thus hailed e-cigarettes as a tool to help people stop. We urge the FDA to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market, ' AMA president Dr Patrice Harris, said in a statement.

State officials in the United States are now aware of 478 suspected or confirmed cases of vaping-related illnesses, a jump from 450 last week, according to NBC.

On Tuesday, the DOH announced that in 2018, one in 15 public middle school students - or about 13,000 students - reported they were now using e-cigarettes, or were vaping. The department has also linked 22 cases of lung illness to vaping, and is investigating another 15. Patients report similar exposures and symptoms according to the CDC "Therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure". "Today's action establishes the legal framework for healthcare providers to report cases and suspected cases so that we can get a better sense of the overall burden of disease in MA".

"It's a reminder that older people with pre-existing illnesses are probably going to have worse clinical outcomes if they do develop problems with vaping", he said.

"It is not unusual for patients to be put into intensive care units, and on ventilators".

The unnamed victim of this mysterious lung disease was described as having pre-existing health conditions.

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USA 18-year-old Maddie Nelson was put into a medically-induced coma after her lungs started to deteriorate. He says it was the result of three years of vaping.

"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, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores", it said.

The Food and Drug Administration said numerous samples tested contain THC and Vitamin E acetate, a substance found in topical and dietary supplements.

Vitamin E acetate was a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data were limited about its effects after inhalation, the FDA said. "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".

Last Friday, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that health authorities in the US was conducting an investigation into the outbreak of lung illness associated with using e-cigarette products.

However, not all cases identified by the CDC have a documented history of vaping THC, and some have only reported a history of using nicotine products.

In the USA cases, the main issue seemed to be what was being vaped.

The Department of Education's (DOE) updated Discipline Code prohibits the possession and/or use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in schools. Other symptoms reported by some patients included headache, dizziness and chest pain.

Consultation is to be held on the draft requirements before they're finalised.



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