Utahns hospitalized with breathing problems all reported recent vaping

Grant Boone
August 22, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed that six of the 11 cases it is investigating are linked to vaping, said agency spokeswoman Greta Sanderson in an email.

Federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of severe lung disease connected to e-cigarette use and vaping, with victims experiencing symptoms from persistent coughing to breathing failure.

States with the most cases include Wisconsin, with 15 confirmed cases and 15 more under investigation, according to CNN's survey.

Regular side effects experienced by these people include trouble breathing, coughing, exhaustion, weight reduction, fever, and diarrhea.

The diseases reported from the different states had similarities and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, a group that advocates vaping products, said that each month, about 10 million adults vape nicotine without major issues.

These cases are similar to cases reported nationally in other states such as Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, the news release said.

The CDC didn't link the sicknesses to any specific product.

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The only factor the patients seem to have in common is a history of vaping. A few others had vital breathing difficulties that eventually required ventilation.

Other states, including NY and New Jersey, have also issued health advisories regarding vaping-linked lung illnesses.

The CDC said there was no evidence that an infectious disease was behind the illnesses and that more information was needed to determine whether they were in fact caused by e-cigarette use. The CDC stresses that e-cigarettes are not safe for kids, teens, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not now use tobacco products.

"These reports reaffirm the need to keep all tobacco and nicotine products out of the hands of youth through significant regulation on access and enforcement".

Health experts have pointed to a variety substances in e-liquids they worry may harm cells or contain "dangerous chemicals", but the full extent of e-cigarettes' short- and long-term risks are yet unclear.

It is going to take collaboration among the medical community to learn more about the health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products, said Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children's Minnesota.

In 2018, more than 3.6 million United States middle and high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to the CDC.

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