Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
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USA vaping illnesses continue to rise, cause still a mystery

USA vaping illnesses continue to rise, cause still a mystery

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is sharing additional clinical guidance with healthcare partners and providing a health advisory following updated recommendations issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the national multistate outbreak of e-cigarette and/or vaping product use associated lung injury.

58 per cent reported using nicotine-containing products.

Only 13% said they had exclusively used nicotine-containing products with no THC. The majority of the cases have occurred among individuals ages 16-29. This outbreak may have more than one cause, many different substances and product sources are still under investigation.

Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency has tested 225 THC-containing products and found Vitamin E acetate - a cutting agent - in almost half of them.

But authorities can not definitively exclude nicotine products, since 13 percent of all patients reported nicotine use only.


Information about the vaping-related lung injury for the public is posted at Michigan.gov/vapelung and for providers at Michigan.gov/cdinfo. "We need to understand these accounts better". The agency says the state has also identified 95 confirmed or probable cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping. Together with colleagues in the United States, we are all doing our part to find out what is causing these illnesses.

The CDC has reported that all patients in the outbreak had a history of using e-cigarette products, and most have reported a history of using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis.

Individuals should not buy any type of e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC, off the street.

NY state, MI and Rhode Island have all banned the sale of flavored vaping products.

E-cigarette and/or vaping products should never be used by youths, young adults or women who are pregnant.

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