Houston reports 3 teens treated for vape-related lung issues

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As of September 6, over 450 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use have been reported across 33 states and 1 US territory. The agency also says that e-cigarette products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products.

The American Medical Association on Monday urged Americans to stop using e-cigarettes of any kind until scientists have a better understanding of the cause of the deaths.

Moreover, the CDC reports that there is no evidence of infectious diseases in the patients afflicted with lung disease.

Nicole Balakos, health department commissioner, said the man who is suffering with the lung illness was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital following initial local treatment.

At the time the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that a total of 22 people, ranging in age from 17-38 years, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping.

Michael Bowers says vaping products in his Yonkers store, Vape Cave, are clearly labeled. Numerous cases have been associated with THC use, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.

ABC spoke with Bloomberg about the announcement and said, "All of a sudden, all of the progress we've made reducing smoking, particularly in kids, is in jeopardy because they start vaping".

"Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died", Governor Laura Kelly said in the statement. "Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries". "As that work continues, I urge Kansans to be careful". A 2016 U.S Surgeon General report showed that e-cigarette use among high school students grew 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also said a national investigation hasn't identified a specific vaping or e-cigarette product that was associated with the rash of lung illnesses. "We simply don't have enough data yet to say which products may be safe to use. Don't put yourself in harm's way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials".

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday sent a warning letter to Juul, the largest distributors of electronic cigarettes in the United States, accusing it of illegally touting nicotine pads used in e-cigarettes as less harmful than cigarettes.

The severe lung disease is characterized by signs and symptoms such as cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty of breathing, unexplained weight loss, chest pain, and fatigue.

The move comes following a number of reported illnesses believed to be linked with vaping.

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Idaho health officials are asking health care providers to be alert for signs of respiratory illness in patients who use vaping products, and to report any cases to public health officials.

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