Another Killed in Vape Lung Disease Case Bringing Death Toll to 5
While many people consider vaping a lot safer than smoking, federal public health officials had something different to say on Friday. It was announced that that the number of cases of a mysterious vaping-related illness have more than doubled this past week to an astounding 450 cases.
At least 5 of those diagnosed with this illness have recently died. All reported having vaped within 90 days. Many mentioned vaping THC oil from cannabis, and some mentioned using both THC and nicotine products. The majority of the affected individuals are otherwise healthy teenagers and young adults.
At the moment, health officials are in a state of confusion as they attempt to discern what is causing this new “Vape Lung” scare across America.
“While the investigation is ongoing, individuals should consider not using e-cigarettes, because as of now this is the primary means of preventing severe lung disease,” said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lung injury response, at a news conference Friday.
Symptoms and behaviors related to this new breed of lung disease have been made public by the CDC and multiple state public health departments in hopes that all suspected cases will be reported. Those symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. A number of people inflicted have also experienced fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal issues.
With the rise in deaths and the confusion that this new lung disease attribute vaping brings, federal health officials are urging individuals to stop using e-cigarettes.