Possible Vaping Related Death Reported in Minnesota

Grant Boone
September 11, 2019

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E-cigarettes have been available in the US since 2006 and are sometimes used as an aid to quit smoking traditional tobacco products like cigarettes.

U.S. health officials are urging Americans to stop vaping while they investigate at least five deaths and over 450 cases of a serious lung illness which has cropped up in otherwise "healthy young people" who vape in over 33 states. No particular brand of cigarette was identified by the CDC, but they expressed concern regarding any product sold on the streets.

"There's not enough action taken by our politicians", said Mr Tim Johnson during a news conference in IL on Thursday (Sept 5) after his daughter fell ill with a lung illness believed to have been caused by vaping.

Given that vaping is relatively new, there is a lot we are still learning about its impact on the body, both in the long- and short-term.

"It's terrifying because we never really knew what was was in there, those e-cigarettes", said Daria Popov, a former smoke and not a vaper.

Young people and pregnant women should not vape.

Many patients reported vaping cannabis, but some said they had only inhaled nicotine products. They were originally marketed as a way to kick traditional cigarettes.

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Researchers believe the overall increase was driven by the popularity of vaping.

The following year, the Food and Drug Administration tested two popular brands of e-cigarettes and found that they expose users to harmful chemical ingredients, including diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze, and carcinogens, including nitrosamines.

Dr Christiani called on doctors to discourage patients from using e-cigarettes.

Ann Thomas is a public health physician and works with the OHA. The FDA approved nicotine gum as a cessation aid in 1984, followed by the transdermal nicotine patch in 1991, but neither of these mimicked the physical sensation of holding and smoking a cigarette.

In this August 28, 2019 photo a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. The CDC has advised Americans to stop vaping until the effects are better understood.

"Right now, because we cannot pin down exactly what that issue is, the CDC has basically given us guidance that if you're vaping or using e-cigarettes at this time you may want to consider not doing this until we can figure out what is happening", said Dr. Kristina Box, the IN state health commissioner.

However, as of now, federal officials have said that from the samples that were examined, they could not find a single common substance.

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