US Officials revise vaping illness count to 380

It is unclear exactly what the Ford government is reviewing with regards to vaping though in a statement the health minister discussed Ontario's current laws regarding vaping ads

It is unclear exactly what the Ford government is reviewing with regards to vaping though in a statement the health minister discussed Ontario's current laws regarding vaping ads

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices, often resembling cigarettes, cigars or pipes, created to deliver nicotine or related substances to users in the form of a vapor. Many such products can be used to ingest either nicotine or THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.

Vapers who develop symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss should seek medical care, Adirim said. The devices, available in the United States since 2006, work instead by heating a liquid that turns into vapor and is inhaled.

The 380 cases the federal health agency is probing all have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use.

"These cases look very much like overwhelming infection, like viral or bacterial pneumonia", but lab tests fail to find germs in lung fluids and blood, said Dr. Zack Moore, chief epidemiologist for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The illnesses are likely associated with a chemical in the vape liquids, but this is not yet proven, Meaney-Delman said.

'Further investigation.[is] warranted to determine whether other cases in the ongoing multistate outbreak bear the same features as the cases described in this report'. "The current number includes only confirmed and probable cases reported by states to CDC after classification", the CDC said in its update.

Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle is weighing a vaping ban, akin to one passed in San Francisco earlier this summer. "Youth and young adults should not be using e-cigarette products".

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The one-year abstinence rate among e-cigarette users was 18 percent, compared to 9.9 percent among a group who used other nicotine replacement products like gum or patches.

But the conversions are not all in one direction.

As of Thursday, 450 people in 33 states and eight territories have contracted mysterious breathing illnesses believed to be related to vaping.

The authors say they believe the illnesses in these patients are from aerosols found in e-cigarettes.

But bans also deprive adults addicted to smoking of a valuable tool to quit, the industry says.

"To deprive those smokers from access to e-cigarettes, which we know are substantially less harmful, I think is a awful decision", Neil McKeganey, of the UK-based Center for Substance Use Research - which is partly funded by the industry - told AFP.

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