In the past week or so, the United States has been dealing with deaths said to be caused by a vaping-related lung disease. At the end of August, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) issued a joint statement addressing the growing number of cases of a respiratory illness possibly tied to vaping.
The US government is now investigating 450 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses across 33 states and one U.S. territory. The CDC and FDA are leading the investigation. However, they have yet to link the illnesses to any specific e-cigarette product.
This health issue is fast becoming a major concern as another victim has succumbed to the illness. A person from Kansas has become the sixth person in the country to die from the mysterious respiratory illness. There have been five reported deaths before this. The victims were from the states of California, California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon.
As the death counts increase, this is a health concern that both health officials and the public should not ignore. According to a 2016 survey, there are around 10 million vape users in the United States. Half of the numbers are people under 35. Given these statistics, it’s very important to address the issue before it worsens. If this is left alone, who knows how many more people will be affected by the mysterious illness that is causing all these havoc in the country?
The American Medical Association has also asked Americans to stop using electronic cigarettes of any kind until scientists know more details about the illnesses. They also urged doctors to let their patients know about the dangers of e-cigarettes, including the possibility of these containing toxins and carcinogens. They also asked doctors to report suspected cases of lung illnesses associated with vaping to the state or local health department.
Health officials from New York said that in nearly all the cannabis-containing vaping products that they looked into, they found extremely high levels of the chemical, vitamin E acetate. They also found out that at least one vape product that they have examined contained this chemical and it is linked with one person who fell ill.
The vaping industry has blamed the rise of black market products. However, there has yet to be any proof that the potential cause is either because of legal or illegal vaping devices. Health authorities need to move as fast as possible before things take a turn for the worst.
At this point, it doesn’t matter if you are smoking something legal or not. The best thing you can do at the moment is to stop using e-cigarettes. Remember that prevention is better than cure.
While not much is known regarding these vape-related respiratory illnesses, users should take heed and stop before they find themselves suffering the same fate as those who are currently going through this health ordeal. If you don’t want to smoke your way to your death, then you better take your hands off that vape now!