Lung illnesses in USA may be linked to vaping

A high school principal displays vaping devices that were confiscated last year from students at a school in Massachusetts

Some needed to be placed in intensive care with help in breathing, the release said.

At least 31 cases have been confirmed as of Friday, state officials said, and dozens more are under investigation. A total of 42 states and Washington, DC, provided CNN with a response.

"This is an eye-opening investigation for us", he said, adding that the patients had no underlying illnesses that would put them at risk for complications. Some health departments said they don't track this data. Many cases have reported the use of products containing cannabis, as well as other nicotine products, according to the advisory.

Common symptoms experienced by these individuals include trouble breathing, coughing, fatigue, weight loss, fever, diarrhea, and more. In Colorado, Georgia and Kansas, health officials have tried to look for cases by analyzing data from emergency departments. "The severity of the lung disease has varied among patients".

Choi said he has seen three cases himself over the last several months - and he suspects there were others who didn't think of vaping as a potential cause.

"People had the impression that vaping was something safe", Choi said.

Choi's state of OH, however, is not one of the states where health departments are now reporting cases, according to the state's health department.

State and federal health officials are investigating nearly 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states in the U.S., many of them involving teens and young adults. Clinicians don't know whether the patients will suffer long-term consequences, she said.

Wisconsin's cases were largely in the southeastern part of the state, Haupt said. While four of the 22 cases were reported in Minnesota, 12 came from Wisconsin and 6 from IL.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that officials are working with health departments in at least five states with confirmed cases - California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin - to determine the cause of the condition after "a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use" was reported among adolescents and young adults in recent weeks.

The health department is investigating the reported vape products that have been used as well as where they were obtained from and the method of delivery and use. Most of the concern has focused on nicotine, which health officials say is harmful to developing brains and might make kids more likely to take up cigarettes, The AP reports. A number of counterfeit and adulterated products have also hit the market, which may have other additives or ingredients.



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