Canada Watches Warily as Reports of Vape Pen Illnesses Increase in US

Vitamin E Found In Cannabis-Containing Vape Products Linked To Deadly Lung Infections Across US

Vitamin E Found In Cannabis-Containing Vape Products Linked To Deadly Lung Infections Across US

A woman in her 50s has become the sixth person in the United States (US) to have died from severe respiratory illness linked to vaping, news reports said.

The case brings the death toll from vaping-related illnesses across the country to six.

The CDC, American Medical Association and the American Lung Association are all warning people not to use e-cigarettes as authorities continue to investigate what is causing people to get these lung injuries. "At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing", the NY health department statement said. As of Friday, the CDC reported 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with e-cigarettes and five deaths, spread throughout the U.S. One of the cases reported was Southeast Missouri State University student Brianna Sikes. A few days back, USA officials disclosed that the number stands at in and around 215 possible cases in 25 states. People with a history of vaping who are experiencing lung injury symptoms should seek medical care.

Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not use these products while the investigation is ongoing.

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E-cigarettes are usually believed to be safer and better than traditional cigarettes, which, according to the World Health Organization, kill up to half of all lifetime consumers. Cases have been reported about individuals who used nicotine electronic cigarettes and THC vapes; officials haven't yet identified a single ingredient linking all of the products. "It's a reminder that older people with pre-existing illnesses are probably going to have worse clinical outcomes if they do develop problems with vaping...." Dr. Howard Zucker, Health Commissioner of NY issued an advisory about dangers of e-cigarettes during August when 11 cases of lung disease were reported. Some patients also report nausea, fatigue and diarrhea. Additional indicators have included headache, dizziness and chest pain. Together they hope to ban all flavored e-cigs, which they say is indirectly marketed to youth.

The CDC is also trying to match what its scientists are finding in tissue and fluid samples taken from patients' lungs with substances the FDA is identifying in the products used by sick patients.

The Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey reported that 6.4 per cent of young smokers aged 18-24 used e-cigarettes. "You wouldn't say that the heroin epidemic is caused by syringes, anymore than you can say that the vaping epidemic is caused by any particular vaping product", David Eisenhour, CEO of Delmar Vaping Lounge said.

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