Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
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Minnesota health officials say severe lung injuries linked to vaping THC

Minnesota health officials say severe lung injuries linked to vaping THC

The death comes less than two weeks after IL health officials said that a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping died, which may have marked the first death in the us linked to the smoking alternative.

Health officials say it's unclear whether there's a connection between cases, whether vaping definitively caused these illnesses and what components or chemicals of e-cigarettes might be responsible. Officials said that the patient was otherwise healthy, but that the lung illness overtook them very quickly.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", said Dr Ann Thomas, public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division, in an official statement. Thomas also said "this individual was consuming a THC preparation purchased at a dispensary".

Those who have suffered from the lung illness reported experiencing shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss. The FDA is probing 127 reports it's received of vaping associated with seizures, an inquiry the agency started after receiving reports from a young adult and the parents of two teens who used devices they said were sold by Juul Labs Inc. "It's not a pneumonia".

Oregon health officials are investigating a death from severe lung illness that authorities suspect was caused by using e-cigarettes, according to an announcement made Tuesday by the Oregon Health Authority.


As of August 27, 215 similar cases have been reported in 25 states and are under investigation, according to the CDC. She also directed the Michigan Department of Transportation to enforce an existing statute prohibiting the advertisement of vaping products on billboards, the story said. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.

"Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer", CDC Director Robert Redfield and acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in the statement.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently reported 89 percent of the 27 cases identified in the state so far could be linked to the vaping of THC products.

It advised people not to use any vape products unless they are certified patients in the state's medical marijuana program. The products have been used in the USA for more than a decade and are generally considered safer than traditional cigarettes because they don't create all the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive substance in cannabis.

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