National vaping death total hits 19 after 1st case in MA

National vaping death total hits 19 after 1st case in MA

16% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.

Illness/deaths linked to vaping here and across the U.S.

"The number of confirmed and probable cases of vaping-associated lung injury we're seeing continues to escalate and today I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of a patient who had this illness", said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel. "If you choose to use these products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health", the FDA suggests.

The number of people in the United States to have died from illnesses linked to e-cigarette use has risen to at least 19, health authorities say, while more than 1,000 others have suffered lung injuries probably linked to vaping. Some illnesses have been traced to off-market products. The estimated national average for high school youth is 13 percent.

In addition, the report from IL and Wisconsin showed that almost all THC-containing products reported were packaged, pre-filled cartridges that were primarily acquired from informal sources such as friends, family members, illicit dealers, or off the street.

Do not use e-cigarettes or vaping devices of any kind. And the state warned against those that are homemade which often involve modifying or adding substances to products purchased at retail stores.

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Among a group of 578 patients interviewed on substances they had used, 78 per cent reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive substance of marijuana, with or without nicotine products.

The act of selling to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal in Hawai'i.

Public and political opinion appears to be hardening, however, with US Government announcing in September it would ban flavoured e-cigarette products - which are particularly attractive to young people - in the coming months.

"She was among the 121 suspected cases that have been reported to DPH since September 11 when MA began mandating that clinicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated lung injury to the department", according to the department.

Officials have yet to identify the cause for the outbreak, which dates back to March, and they are pursuing multiple lines of investigation.

DPH issued a clinical advisory on September 11 asking providers to report any case of a person experiencing otherwise unexplained progressive symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, or weight loss, of any severity, and an abnormal chest imaging study associated with vaping. You may also call the Hawai'i Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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