"CDC is committed to finding out what is causing this outbreak of lung injury and death among individuals using vaping products", Robert R. Redfield, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
The number of vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000, and there's no sign the outbreak is fading, USA health officials said Thursday.
The median age of those affected is 20, with ages ranging from 15 to 51.
No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified. It is not clear who manufactures Dank Vapes, but a report from the CDC says that the label "appears to be the most prominent in a class of largely counterfeit brands", used by distributers to sell THC cartridges "with no obvious centralized production or distribution". She says the evidence right now points to people getting sick from smoking products they bought from unauthorized retailers.
Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever and fatigue. All of the patients examined had severe forms of the illness, and two had died. Antibiotics didn't work, and it's not clear yet whether steroid drugs helped. "The information we're gathering about cases in MA will further our understanding of vaping-associated lung injury, as well as assist our federal partners".
Mochrie is also concerned about students who may have to suddenly quit vaping. Health officials have warned for years that the popularity of flavored vape products among kids could result in lifelong tobacco use.
MS is part of a national investigation into severe pulmonary disease or lung injury linked to the use of e-cigarette products (vaping). However, state health officials stopped short of issuing a ban on all vaping products - as MA has done and other states have considered.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has announced plans to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes, and several states have enacted legislation restricting sales.
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Piper then admitted she had been vaping, explaining that a classmate had given her an e-cigarette. The study was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
THC products may play a role in outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping [news release].
Americans believe nicotine is a bigger public health threat than THC, according to a survey by researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago. Two were vaping in an effort to quit smoking tobacco and 12 reported vaping THC, cannabis oils, cannabidiol (CBD) or other non-nicotine products.
As of October 1, there were 19 Alabama residents under investigation.
"Take in all the information again with a discernible eye, kind of read through everything to try to find out the facts", he said. In part, that's because there is virtually no long-term research on the health effects of the vapor produced when e-cigarettes heat a nicotine solution.
If you've never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don't start. Under FDA rules, only products that represent a net benefit to public health will be allowed to remain on the market.
Across the country, health officials have found that most of the people affected by the mysterious sickness reported vaping THC, but they don't know if it is the THC or other substances that are added to the vaping liquid, such as thickeners, that are causing the health problems, according to the Associated Press.