With cases of vaping-related illnesses and deaths on the rise in the United States, Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott is seeking advice from experts on how to reduce negative health impacts of e-cigarettes on youth.
A "vaporizer", or "e-cigarette", is a small device that uses electricity to steam various substances, usually plant-based, so they can be inhaled. "We urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market", Dr. Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association, said in a statement. No single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses. According to the SCPHD, vape still contains nicotine and harmful chemicals. "Continued investigation is needed to better understand if a true relationship exists between any specific product or substance and the illnesses observed in patients".
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Delaware residents that it is participating in a multi-state investigation into an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease reported across the country.
"U.S. health officials have identified about 450 possible illness cases in 33 states, including as many as five deaths". Just a week earlier, the CDC reported the number of possible cases at 215.
Five deaths linked to the lung illness have been confirmed, with California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and OR reporting fatalities. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and weight loss were also common symptoms. However, many patients reported using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products (such as THC), the CDC said.
The initial findings of investigations point to clinical similarities among those affected by serious lung disease.
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Dr. Roa is a pulmonologist with Children's Medical Center Dallas.
There is no reason vaping products should be available in bubble-gum flavour except to induce young people who are most at risk.
The Ministry also says that teens that smoke e-cigarettes are seven times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes later in life.
The FDA letter highlights an incident recounted by two NY high school students during a congressional hearing in July. "Importantly, identifying any compounds present in the samples will be one piece of the puzzle but won't necessarily answer questions about causality, which makes our ongoing work critical", he added.
New York State health investigators announced they believe cannabis-containing e-cigarette, or vape, products may be responsible for a string of mysterious lung-related illnesses reported across the state. Passage of such legislation would be a tremendous victory for New York's kids and protect them from nicotine addiction and other health risks associated with e-cigarette use.
"Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries", Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said in the release.