Death of OR man linked to vaping, state health officials say

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 215 cases of severe lung illness in patients with a history of vaping since August 27, 2019. E-cigarettes, or vapes, are battery operated-devices used to heat flavored oil infused with nicotine, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, to create a vapor that users inhale.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming, and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be unsafe", says IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike, MD, in a statement.

At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases.

Summit County Public Health (SCPH) is asking residents to stop vaping.

The release states suspected cases should be reported to local health department or NDHSS at 402-471-2937.

Do not modify e-cigarette or vaping products or add any substances to them not intended by the manufacturer.

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Symptoms of the illness include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and cough - and though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not named a cause of the outbreak, each sufferer had vaped before falling ill, according to OR officials.

If you are using e-cigarette products, monitor for symptoms. The 193 figure included unconfirmed cases, health officials previously told reporters.

Vaping is still relatively new and the long-term side effects are still being researched.

According to the CDC, no single substance or e-cigarette product has been, to date, consistently associated with illness. "The FDA is trying to be cautious and evidence-based, but common-sense regulations need to be put in place as soon as possible". "If you are not using e-cigarettes or vaping, do not start". Nicotine commonly used in vapes is highly addictive.

What's surprising, Thomas said, is how rapidly people who have smoked e-cigarettes recently have become sick. In middle school, vaping ticked up 48 percent that year.

Regardless of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not now use tobacco products. "We requested a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us investigate these cases and they arrived in IL on Tuesday".

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