Teen vaping soars: How the deadly habit is going up in smoke

Vaping 101

Vaping 101

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise "healthy young people", they said on Friday. On Friday, the CDC reported the fifth death in the USA connected to vaping.

Officials believe "chemical exposure" is likely behind these illnesses, but much more information is needed to determine which substances are involved, Meaney-Delman said at a news conference today.

Long presented as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, vaping is now being called a public health threat.

While vape products are supposed to be for adults only, more children are using them.

The death of a person older than 18 in IN was confirmed to be from severe lung injury linked to a history of e-cigarette use or "vaping", the state Department of Health said.

A pulmonologist in North Carolina, Daniel Fox, explained that the pulmonary illness could occur when oils or lipid substances enter the lungs such as Vitamin E acetate.

But, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said that of the 120 samples they have collected so far, not all of them contained vitamin E acetate.

"My stance is overall, as a lung doctor, I don't want anybody putting anything into their lungs", Dr. Dixie Harris, a pulmonologist with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, who has worked on 24 cases in Utah said.

The federal health organization urged Americans to stop using e-cigarettes while it - along with the Food and Drug Administration and state officials - investigate the respiratory problems that have impacted residents in 33 states and one jurisdiction.

"We know that these products typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and many cases report inhaling THC and other substances not available in commercial products".

New York's Department of Health's Wadsworth Center in Albany found "very high levels" of vitamin E acetate in vaping products containing cannabis, the state health department announced.

The trouble is that no single device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to the illnesses, officials said. Is the cause for illness, although more research and information. According to Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the patient had an underlying lung disease was brought to the hospital with a lung injury that progressed to include other conditions. "Because consumers can not be sure whether any THC vaping products may contain Vitamin E acetate, consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores".

Vaping in the USA has been gaining in popularity for a few years now, so much so that selling e-cigarette devices and their liquid has become a booming business - Lamar County has at least three such stores.

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