Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
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Kansas health officials confirm first vaping-related lung disease death

Kansas health officials confirm first vaping-related lung disease death

US health officials have identified about 450 possible illness cases in 33 states, including as many as five deaths.

The department said five patients in other states who used e-cigarettes or vaping products have died from their diseases. Moreover, if the physician suspects an e-cigarette to be a possible cause of the disease, he or she should perform a detailed history interview the substances, where the product came from, and how was it obtained.

The patient, Berlin said, was "critically ill", not able to inhale enough oxygen and required the assistance of a breathing machine.

Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas State Health Officer and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says that health officials nationwide continue to work aggressively to gather information and determine the cause of these lung injuries.

At the time the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that a total of 22 people, ranging in age from 17-38 years, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping. The patient was hospitalized with symptoms that developed quickly. We urge the FDA to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market, ' AMA president Dr Patrice Harris, said in a statement. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more. Numerous cases have been associated with THC use, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the public not to use e-cigarettes due to the potential damage to the lungs.

While there is an ongoing investigation, health officials and the CDC ask the public to refrain from using e0-cigarettes.

Megan Constantino, 36, from St Petersburg, Florida, quit vaping six days ago after hearing reports of the illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday sent a warning letter to Juul, the largest distributors of electronic cigarettes in the United States, accusing it of illegally touting nicotine pads used in e-cigarettes as less harmful than cigarettes. These symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, cough, and vomiting, diarrhea.

The governor also noted that the state Department of Health last Friday sent out a statewide health alert to health care providers and local health departments about the possible dangers of vaping.

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