Government To Restrict Vape Sales After Deaths, Illnesses

Factbox Vaping-related illness causes 12 U.S. deaths- CDC

A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York CityMore

"Prior to the outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping ... this past August, vaping-associated lung injuries were unreported and not tracked by public health agencies", mentioned Dr. Tom Safranek, the company's infectious illness specialist. Vaping-related injuries have now been reported in nearly every state.

As GoLocal wrote, those products are already banned from being sold to anyone under 18.

RI Health reports that both individuals were discharged from the hospital after approximately one week and are recovering.

"'Most of these people off the streets are making it themselves and God knows where", he says.

On Sept. 26, the CDC reported there are 805 cases of people with lung illnesses linked to vaping across 46 states.

Specifically, the CDC now reports a total of 1,080 cases occurring in 48 states and the Virgin Islands. Twelve other folk comprise died in 10 states. The CDC's website also states that if a lung biopsy is obtained, the routine pathology processing, which includes formalin-fixation and paraffin-embedding, "can remove lipids." .

The CDC now believes there's a link to products that contained THC and this recent outbreak. The report suggests that Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, could be the main culprit behind this lung damage.

State officials did not say what type of product the victim was using when she developed the illness.

And on Tuesday, Los Angeles County banned flavored forms of e-cigarettes - echoing a move made recently by MI and the state of NY.

Eighty percent of the MA cases reported to the CDC have also resulted in patient hospitalization.

Ninety percent of cases reported vaping THC, and 60 percent reported vaping nicotine.

"While this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product", said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. Another 16 percent said they used nicotine alone, while another 7 percent used an undetermined combination of products.

All of these cases included patients with a history of using e-cigarettes or of vaping.

But for those using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, the concern remains whether they'll return to smoking traditional cigarettes. The average age of the cases was 23 years and 62 percent of the cases were between ages 18 and 34 years. Their investigations did not identify any brands or products. Any person who was vaping legal nicotine containing e-liquids rather than smoking combustible cigarettes will have to make the choice to return to smoking combustible cigarettes or buy a black market e-liquid product.

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