Second vaping-related death in MI heightens state warnings

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, there were 2,290 cases identified in 49 states (all but Alaska), the District of Columbia, and two territories.

State health officials announced this week that a second person in MI has died from complications linked to vaping. It released no other information, citing confidentiality reasons.

Khaldun is urging the public to avoid vaping until public health experts determine the specific cause of vaping related lung injuries.

Since August, 56 confirmed and probable vaping-related lung injury cases in patients ranging in age from 15 to 67 have been reported in MI, according to the department.

There have been 48 deaths in 25 states. Reported cases have vaped (tetrahydrocannabinol) (THC) and nicotine, THC only and nicotine only.

Some of the devices contain tobacco-based liquids - others use marijuana.

E-cigarette and/or vaping users should immediately seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, fever and/or nausea and vomiting. The newer cartridges contained the compound vitamin E acetate, but none of the older samples did.

In response, the Michigan Regulatory Agency banned THC vaping products containing vitamin E acetate.

Officials have more evidence that a chemical called vitamin E acetate is playing a role in the recent vaping outbreak, which has sickened thousands of Americans.

The lung illness can be caused by vaping both THC and nicotine, just THC or just nicotine.

MDHHS says not to use vaping products. The CDC now recommends that people do not use THC-containing e-cigarette products, particularly from informal sources such as friends, family or online dealers.

Although e-cigarettes in the US are regulated as tobacco products rather than smoking cessation tools, Juul - the biggest maker of these devices - has marketed its product as a way for smokers to quit tobacco, with its website saying that its products are a ' satisfying alternative to cigarettes. No vaping or e-cigarette products now on the market are considered tobacco cessation products. Free help is available for individuals who are ready to kick the tobacco habit at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).



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