ABC.com reported that 200 people from 22 states in the U.S. have fallen ill with an infection due to vaping. Federal agencies have teamed together in response to the surge in illness credited to vaping to try to determine why people are falling ill and how to combat the growing epidemic of injuries and illness tied to the latest public health scare. The New York Post says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control joined their resources to uncover the mystery — and to warn the public about the dangers of vaping.
Health officials have closely followed reports of severe pulmonary issues striking teens and adults who inhale vaporized tobacco alternatives from at least two months. The victims of the illnesses ingested either an electric cigarette or used a vaping pen. Eight teenagers in Wisconsin sustained lung damage after vaping for a prolonged period. Their symptoms included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, a heavy-chest sensation, coughing, and perceptible weight loss. Physicians in Minnesota treated four cases of young adults who presented with nearly identical symptoms. All twelve patients needed extensive medical treatment, and some required assistance breathing.
None of the cases of severe lung injuries caused by vaping or electric cigarette consumption have been fatal to this point. The specific reasons for the infections and injuries were not clear to physicians. However, doctors think that their patients might have experienced an adverse reaction to the foreign substances entering their patients’ lungs.
One teenager described his brush with an early death from puffing electronic cigarettes. According to the New York Post, a 17-year-old young man from Texas nearly lost his lungs from habitual consumption of e-cigarette smoke. The young man said he was tired all of the time, and eventually, he could no longer breathe. The hospital released the teen after an 18-day stay.
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