Health department weighs in on vaping hazards

Thursday, 29 Aug, 2019

According to V-D-H, so far there have been 3 cases confirmed with one in southwest Virginia. Researchers say the results held even after controlling for the effects of peer pressure and the use of other tobacco products.

The health department said anyone who uses e-cigarettes and experiences these symptoms that progress over a period of days or weeks should seek medical attention. This is irresponsible and a potential hazard to public health, and it stems from a categorical anti-vaping stance that has become commonplace and threatens to undermine decades of anti-smoking efforts.

It is asking all local health departments to distribute information in their communities about those dangers.

No hospitals in the Mid-South that WREG contacted reported any severe lung illness cases due to vaping, and they're hoping it stays that way. It first reported five cases related to vaping on August 19.

"In many cases patients report a gradual start of symptoms, including breathing difficulty, shortness of breath and/or hospitalisation before the cases".

Studies are still being completed, but there have been reports of vapes with THC oil, a compound from marijuana, as a main culprit in these illnesses.

The study by Cancer Research UK reveals that while the number of smokers has fallen substantially in recent years, the fall in total cigarettes smoked is significantly higher.

"The vapor contains elevated levels of nicotine, particulate matter, glycerin propylene glycol, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic carbons and heavy metals", Tan said. CDC's investigation is ongoing.

E-cigarettes are the most used tobacco product among United States teens.

"As there is very little clarity regarding the by-products, it is hard to say what exactly would cause illness". "We need to get to the bottom of every single case".

In another legal assault, North Carolina's state attorney general announced on Tuesday that he plans to file lawsuits against no fewer than eight vapour product vendors who, he says, have been "aggressively targeting children and do not require appropriate age verification".

"We also must ensure illegal products, such as counterfeit, copycat, and those that deliver controlled substances, stay out of the market", the company said.

Marketing and advertising for e-cigarettes is now not regulated by the federal government.

The CDC has been investigating a "cluster" of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use, although it has not yet been able to establish whether they were in fact caused.

E-cigarettes are generally thought to be safer than traditional cigarettes, which kill up to half of all lifetime users, according to the World Health Organization.