Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Vaping Illness Continuing to Be Reported - Death Toll Rising

 


The bad news on ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or e-cigarettes) continues to grow.  As you regular readers know, yesterday I provided some info on a study that shows ENDS decrease the immune response of the lungs, and today I’ve got another post that deals with the dangers of vaping.

An article that was posted by Reuters on November 14, 2019 reports that lung problems associated with vaping continue to rise.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) the most recent statistics show 2172 cases of lung problems/infections have been reported as well as 42 confirmed deaths.

The condition has become so widespread that it now has a name.  It is being referred to as EVALI (e-cigarette Vaping Aassociated Ling Injury) 

About Patient Exposure:
All EVALI patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.Vitamin E acetate has been identified as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI).


THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.


The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

The information from the CDC is updated every Thursday.  To access the CDC webpage with all of the most current info, bookmark this link.

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