DPH Investigating Possible Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses in Delaware

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Aug. 30 they are investigating more cases of a breathing illness associated with vaping. The root cause remains unclear but officials said Friday that many reports involve marijuana vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Aug. 30 they are investigating more cases of a breathing illness associated with vaping. The root cause remains unclear but officials said Friday that many reports involve marijuana vaping

USA health officials are still trying to determine the exact cause of the illness but have said it is not contagious. "It's got nothing to do with the nicotine cartridges", said Joshua Cross, manager of the Super Smoke N Save in Saratoga Springs.

In Kings County, where eight cases were reported in July and August, public health officials found that the victims had purchased unlicensed vaping products from "pop-up" cannabis dealers.

Forty-one New Yorkers have come down with lung illnesses after vaping.

E-cigarette companies have used the old tobacco companies' playbook to ensnare a new generation of nicotine addicts.

"Many of these patients reported recent use of THC-containing products, and some reported using both THC- and nicotine-containing products". Officers issued subpoenas to three black industry companies in Amherst, Mass., Santa Monica, Calif. and Ypsilanti, Mich.

"This is a frightening public health phenomenon", Cuomo said.

Also, all of the state's vaping retail stores will be required to post a warning signs on shop windows, saying vaping can cause death.

People who do use them should watch for symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are also urging patients in the medical marijuana program to consult with their health care providers on potential alternatives to vaping products while the investigation continues.

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With the amount of New Yorkers suffering from vaping-associated lung ailments soaring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a wellness unexpected emergency and is using intense action to cope with a vaping epidemic throughout the country and throughout the state. "I can't turn to the side in bed without having a bad respiratory attack, I literally have CDC members taking notes on me and the girl in the room next to me (she's also in critical condition)".

FILE - A high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "They are using them as an option instead of smoking cigarettes", said Babaian. Patients reported similar symptoms and displayed similar clinical presentations and findings, and all reported using e-cigarette products in the 90 days prior to developing symptoms, most within a week or so before symptoms developed. "But I think it's going to create an impetus for regulated producers to really make sure that consumers know that their products are as safe as possible and regulated and tested". And they fear that kids who might never have picked up cigarettes are taking up vaping.

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine, Aug. 28, 2019.

"We're definitely hearing concern from members, and I think that's partially driven by legitimate concern for cannabis consumers and their health, but also a potential worry that the public's fear will not necessarily recognize that these illnesses are being caused nearly entirely by illicit, unregulated market products", Fox said.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, said his agency is working hard and collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration and state governments to figure it out.

A newly published article in The New England Journal Of Medicine is offering the most detailed clinical insight to date into the rapidly growing vaping crisis spreading across the United States. Investigators so far have found in some cases this involves vaping THC, the active chemical in cannabis.

Health officials caution citizens against using vape products.

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