First Case of Vaper Dying from Mysterious Lung Disease Reported In US

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The Illinois Department of Public Health said the adult patient was hospitalized after falling ill following vaping, though it did not give other information about the person, including the patient's name, age, hometown or date of death.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be unsafe", Illinois Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. The person who died in IL was an adult, said Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the state, on a call.

The state of IL has witnessed the number of e-cigarette users hospitalised for mysterious lung diseases with related symptoms double over the past week, with over 22 people hospitalised and 12 others having their cases reviewed.

According to Global News, earlier this year, a 17-year-old Texan spent ten days on life support "after his lungs began to fail", which appears to be a result of vaping since eighth grade. They're all thought to be caused by vaping, CNN reported. Is smoking electronic cigarette, also called vaping, the answer?

The CDC describes it as a severe, unexplained respiratory condition after reported vaping or e-cigarette 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.

A number of the people who got sick had vaped products containing THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana.

Hospitals across America have been reporting a wave of young people being hospitalized with acute lung problems over the past few months. CDC officials said they do not have a breakdown of how numerous sick people vaped THC. No specific product has been identified in the cases.

In a statement on Thursday, Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said he was "confident" the illnesses were being caused by devices containing cannabis or other synthetic drugs, not nicotine.

E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among US middle and high school students.

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says that federal officials in Canada are yet to experience similar reports, but that it's something that she believes health professionals should be vigilant of.

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