Health officials to release details on possible vaping illness in Washington state


A woman in her 50s has become the sixth person in the United States (US) to have died from severe respiratory illness linked to vaping, news reports said.

"Consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores", the Federal Drug Administration said in a statement last week.

"The law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful", acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

It also suggested they collect vaping fluids and devices that the patient used for more research.

Duchin said people credit e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking cigarettes, but he cautions that vaping is not an approved smoking cessation measure and people who want to quit should consult with a doctor instead. The Houston Health Department says the three teens who reported getting sick should make a full recovery.

It added that the rapid and worrisome increase has prompted a Congressional hearing on the matter, scheduled for later this month. He says it was the result of three years of vaping.

At a most recent count, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports at least 450 cases of pulmonary disease associated with vaping in half of U.S. states.

The CDC, American Medical Association and the American Lung Association are all warning people not to use e-cigarettes as authorities continue to investigate what is causing people to get these lung injuries.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is also urging people to give up vaping and e-cigarettes.

To date, Kansas has six reports associated to the outbreak. Symptoms worsened days or weeks before they were admitted to a hospital. It follows a new study that found flavor was the reason most young adults said they started using e-cigarettes. "But nothing that would have foretold the fact that within a week after starting using e-cigarettes for the first time, she developed full-blown acute respiratory distress syndrome and died". Many patients report using vaping or e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol.

'Don't put your self in hurt's manner, and please observe the suggestions of public well being officers'. E-cigarette products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products. Most millennials will reason and claim that vaping is "healthy", which is true, when compared with cigarettes. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, and chest pain.

In the USA, where e-cigarettes are less tightly regulated in most states, vaping has overtaken cigarettes as the most popular tobacco product for young Americans.