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U.S. doctors' group says just stop vaping as deaths, illnesses rise

By Julie Steenhuysen

 

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A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

 

(Reuters) - The American Medical Association on Monday urged Americans to stop using electronic cigarettes of any sort until scientists have a better handle on the cause of 450 lung illnesses and at least five deaths related to the use of the products.

 

The AMA, one of the nation's most influential physician groups, also called on doctors to inform patients about the dangers of e-cigarettes, including toxins and carcinogens, and swiftly report any suspected cases of lung illness associated with e-cigarette use to their state or local health department.

 

The recommendation followed advice from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday for people to consider not using e-cigarette products while it investigates the cause of the spate of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping.

 

Many, but not all, of the cases have involved those who used the devices to vaporize oils containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis.

 

CDC officials said some laboratories have identified vitamin E acetate in product samples and are investigating that as a possible cause of the illnesses.

 

Public health experts have not found any evidence of infectious diseases and believe the lung illnesses are probably associated with a chemical exposure.

 

Megan Constantino, 36, from St. Petersburg, Florida, quit vaping six days ago after hearing reports of the illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

 

"It scared me into quitting," she said.

 

Like many users of vaping pens, Constantino picked up the device after quitting cigarette smoking three years ago, and said, "It's the hardest thing I've ever done."

 

She added, "I threw the last cartridge away. I took a picture of it and I literally cried."

 

Constantino said many people who vape have been "on pins and needles" for the investigation results, and she is concerned that the reports of a link to vaping THC may give people an excuse to ignore the warnings.

 

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

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has faced mounting pressure to curb a huge spike in teenage use of e-cigarettes, a trend that coincided with the rising popularity of Juul e-cigarettes.

 

"We must not stand by while e-cigarettes continue to go unregulated. We urge the FDA to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market," AMA president Dr. Patrice Harris, said in a statement.

 

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which advocates for cigarette smokers to switch to nicotine-based vaping devices, said the AMA should be "ashamed of themselves for playing politics with people's health and protecting the profits of drug dealers."

 

He criticized the AMA for "fearmongering about nicotine vaping products" while not mentioning "the very real risks of vaping illicit THC products."

Juul Labs declined to comment. Altria Group Inc owns a 35 percent stake in Juul.

 

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Additional reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru, Bill Berkrot in New York and Chris Kirkham in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Clarence Fernandez)

 

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Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

 

Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink.3 

 

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Can't figure out if this is an anti-ecig effort, or an attempt to slow roll cannabis legalization? Obviously cannabis can be consumed in so many different ways, but distillate (concentrate) cartridges are popular (ease of use) right now, well not in the last two weeks.

 

There are a few issues with vaping: purity/preparation/contents of the concentrate, overuse (just watch some of these cloud videos) and the deterioration of the heating element.

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6 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Just don't vape THC like don't vape rat poison either 🤔

 

But but, I always hear that nobody has ever died from smoking marijuana and that it's actually the wonder medicine that heals all illnesses.

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Just don't vape THC like don't vape rat poison either 🤔

 

Yeah, not ingesting rat poison seems like a "hot take". Thank you for this brilliant "opinion".

 

And yes, vaping THC should be done with caution, especially if your tolerance is low. THC content in vape catridges runs at 80+%.

 

4 minutes ago, ThePioneer said:

But but, I always hear that nobody has ever died from smoking marijuana and that it's actually the wonder medicine that heals all illnesses.

 

But, but, what are you talking about?

 

Death by overdose? I don't think there has been one death attributed to death by cannabis overdose? Yes, maybe one rogue coroner in LA, but that seems questionable.

 

Death by accident while consuming cannabis? Yeah. Seems likely. Ever seen someone (on Youtube of course) dabbing rosin - arguably one of the cleaner ways so smoke - with a torch? Yikes, imagine a few have self-immolated, or died when their house burned down.

 

 

That said, this thread/"controversy" seems to be more about vaping e-cig "juice"?

 

 

 

 

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Yes, the AMA can recommend....just don't let the government outlaw vaping.  Adults should be allowed to decide for ourselves.  So sick of the nanny state wanting to decide what we can and can't do.

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Something is going on, and it may not effect all vapers.
I smoked for most of 45 years. Switched to vaping. Became a heavy vaper, but not a cloud moron. Dropped to mid level nicotine levels. Never used cbd or juices from weird sources.
About a year ago, started getting serious respiratory problems. Quit. Went away in a few days. Went through the quit/restart process for 6 months, finally quit probably permanently a month or more ago.

Some people may be more susceptible to problems, maybe due to long term smoking, prior, or just luck of the gene draw.



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2 hours ago, NokNokJoke said:

Something is going on, and it may not effect all vapers.
I smoked for most of 45 years. Switched to vaping. Became a heavy vaper, but not a cloud moron. Dropped to mid level nicotine levels. Never used cbd or juices from weird sources.
About a year ago, started getting serious respiratory problems. Quit. Went away in a few days. Went through the quit/restart process for 6 months, finally quit probably permanently a month or more ago.

Some people may be more susceptible to problems, maybe due to long term smoking, prior, or just luck of the gene draw.



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You had a virus of course.

 

We had them before we smoked, when we smoked, when we vaped, and sad to say, will have them once again even though we neither smoke or vape any longer!😀

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We got this thread on TV many times already but there a lot of non-believers here, probably same they deny climate change 😈

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Vaping bans will only contribute to bootleg juices and cause more problems due to toxins and contaminants in them. Regulate and enforce quality instead.

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1 hour ago, DrTuner said:

Vaping bans will only contribute to bootleg juices and cause more problems due to toxins and contaminants in them. Regulate and enforce quality instead.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/michael-bloomberg-rips-fda-for-teen-vaping-epidemic/ar-AAH5fVa?li=BBnb7Kz

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/vaping-is-the-easiest-way-to-smoke-weed—but-may-be-the-most-harmful/ar-AAH2E8T

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Let me know when people start dying from secondhand vaping; until then let these idiots ride the Darwin merry-go-round.

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OK, this is looking to be more like an anti-ecig campaign. Amazing these articles drop and then a few days later...

 

Michael Bloomberg rips FDA for teen vaping epidemic as he pledges $160 million to the cause

 

Michael Bloomberg is slamming the FDA for contributing to the epidemic of teen vaping in the U.S. The billionaire philanthropist announced Tuesday that his non-profit, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is pledging $160 million to fund a new program aimed at ending vaping among teens. It follows a new study that found flavor was the reason most young adults said they started using e-cigarettes.

 

When asked on "CBS This Morning" whether he blames the FDA, Bloomberg said, "yes is the answer to your question."

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-bloomberg-to-spend-160-million-on-anti-vaping-campaign/

 

 

I agree that an age limit, for vaping products, which corresponds with traditional cigarette products is appropriate.

 

 

Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products
 

Investigation Notice

 

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html

 

 

Now can we bring back lawn darts? If you outlaw lawn darts...

 

 

 

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No. Quit repeatedly over a six month period. Stop for a few weeks to a month. Felt better in a few days. Started again with new gear after a few weeks to a month after discarding the previous stuff. Not cheap.
Went through this cycle 4 times or so. Within a few weeks was out of breath,again. It's been 6 weeks or more, no problems.

You had a virus of course.
 
We had them before we smoked, when we smoked, when we vaped, and sad to say, will have them once again even though we neither smoke or vape any longer!


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