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CDC flags one death and nearly 200 cases of lung illnesses in U.S, possibly tied to vaping

By Matthew Lavietes

 

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FILE PHOTO: A man vapes outside an office block in Manchester, Britain, February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had identified 193 potential cases of severe lung illness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, including one adult in Illinois who died after being hospitalized.

 

The CDC has been investigating a "cluster" of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use, although it has not yet been able to establish whether they were in fact caused by vaping.

 

E-cigarettes are generally thought to be safer than traditional cigarettes, which kill up to half of all lifetime users, according to the World Health Organization. But the long-term health effects of vaping are largely unknown.

 

In a briefing with the press, representatives from health agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said they have not linked the illnesses to any specific product and that some patients had reporting vaping with cannabis liquids.

 

Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency is analysing product samples from states, to identify any potentially harmful constituents that may be triggering the illnesses.

 

He said health agencies are trying to learn which specific vaping products were used and whether they were being used as intended or mixed with other substances.

 

"Those kinds of facts need to be strung together for every single one of these cases, so that we can see if any other kinds of patterns have emerged," Zeller said.

 

The number of potential cases have more than doubled over the past week. On Aug. 17 the CDC said it was investigating 94 potential lung illnesses in 14 states.

 

Brian King, deputy director of research translation at the CDC's smoking and health division, said it is possible there may have been earlier cases that health agencies had not identified.

 

"The bottom line is that there's a variety of things in e-cigarette aerosols that could have implications for lung health," said King, adding that none of those compounds have been directly linked to the recent hospitalizations.

 

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.

 

Patients have reported difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and sometimes chest pain before being hospitalized. Some have shown symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue.

 

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous," Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement earlier.

 

(Reporting by Matthew Lavietes in New York, Chris Kirkham in Los Angeles and Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Marguerita Choy)

 

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The "identified" cases were obviously cigarettes smokers to begin with, so possibly had underlying lung conditions to begin with, and possible industrial exposure to airborne pollutants (petrol diesel etc), so the numbers  directly attributed  to "vaping" would be very difficult to quantify.

Nicotine is a very addictive substance and a killer 

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This was bound to happen. It follows revelations about how children love the bubblegum and sweet flavors available so it became cool for kids to vape. This was fantastic news for big tobacco, seeing as it was going to reverse their fortunes. It had become problematic to sustain sales of ciggies without being able to advertise to hook the next gen of users on nicotine. The whole vapes targeted to kids idea was pure genius(I say this as a large holder of tobacco stock) but alas there was bound to be some blow back. And here we are. Shock and awe tactics. Don't try vaping of your lungs will collapse after the first drag. Overdone IMO and will fail due to that.

 Everybody knows vaping is safer than puffing on fags.

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1 minute ago, TopDeadSenter said:

This was bound to happen. It follows revelations about how children love the bubblegum and sweet flavors available so it became cool for kids to vape. This was fantastic news for big tobacco, seeing as it was going to reverse their fortunes. It had become problematic to sustain sales of ciggies without being able to advertise to hook the next gen of users on nicotine. The whole vapes targeted to kids idea was pure genius(I say this as a large holder of tobacco stock) but alas there was bound to be some blow back. And here we are. Shock and awe tactics. Don't try vaping of your lungs will collapse after the first drag. Overdone IMO and will fail due to that.

 Everybody knows vaping is safer than puffing on fags.

Would need long term research on controlled subject participation to make the last claim

Due to ethics restrictions on "harm"the research would not be allowed, so hard to make that claim, as who knows what chemicals are used in the devices

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many tens or hundred of thousands people die of smoking

 

but let's concentrate on the 1 death of vaping

 

yeah ....  

 

sponsored by the tobacco industry that gladly paid cdc/fda off for this scare tactic , and I don't even smoke...

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

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.

 

Just as the tobacco industry was so confident and constantly assured the public cigarettes didn’t cause cancer. 

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4 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Allowing yourself to become addicted to a substance, and in turn becoming a source of corporate profits, is plain stupid; just quit already.

 

And yes, I am that most evil of things; a reformed smoker. Deal with it.

 

 

Post of the year!

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1 hour ago, BestB said:

how many deaths because of smoking 

in the text it says 50 % when a life time of use.

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4 hours ago, TopDeadSenter said:

This was bound to happen. It follows revelations about how children love the bubblegum and sweet flavors available so it became cool for kids to vape. This was fantastic news for big tobacco, seeing as it was going to reverse their fortunes. It had become problematic to sustain sales of ciggies without being able to advertise to hook the next gen of users on nicotine. The whole vapes targeted to kids idea was pure genius(I say this as a large holder of tobacco stock) but alas there was bound to be some blow back. And here we are. Shock and awe tactics. Don't try vaping of your lungs will collapse after the first drag. Overdone IMO and will fail due to that.

 Everybody knows vaping is safer than puffing on fags.

 

2 hours ago, justin case said:

many tens or hundred of thousands people die of smoking

 

but let's concentrate on the 1 death of vaping

 

yeah ....  

 

sponsored by the tobacco industry that gladly paid cdc/fda off for this scare tactic , and I don't even smoke...

 

1 hour ago, Bluespunk said:

Just as the tobacco industry was so confident and constantly assured the public cigarettes didn’t cause cancer. 

Ok, people in the know only please.

 

Is the tobacco industry involved in vaping? The posts above are contradictory.

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