The Outbreak of Vaping

Dion Davis, Reporter

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There was an outbreak of lung Injury associated with E-Cigarette use, or vaping. As of October 8, 2019,  there were 1,299 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Twenty-six deaths have been confirmed in 21 states. All of these patients have reported that they have a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping products.

Most of the ill patients report a history of using THC containing products. The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. So, it appears the THC containing vapes are the real problem.

Exclusive use of nicotine containing products have been reported by some patients with lung injury cases, and many patients with lung injury report combined use of both THC and nicotine containing products. So the probability that nicotine containing products play a role in this outbreak are valid as well. At this time, FDA has not yet identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries in these cases. The  only commonality within all these cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

The outbreak of lung injury could possibly have more than one cause. There are many different substances and product sources that are still under investigation. The specific chemical exposures causing these lung injuries connected with e-cigarette product use, or vaping, stays unknown at this time. Nowadays, it is not safe to get in the habit of smoking anything.