Suspected vaping-related illness on the rise in MI

A teen is seen vaping in this file

A teen is seen vaping in this file

The confirmed case is a Yellowstone County resident in their 30s with a history of vaping nicotine and THC.

U of U Health physicians have identified an additional characteristic in the vast majority of vaping illness cases they have seen.

A woman in her 30s was admitted to a King County hospital in mid-September with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, according to a statement Friday from Public Health - Seattle & King County.

CDC on Thursday also reported two additional deaths believed to be tied to the illness, bringing the total mortality count to eight.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today reported a case of acute lung illness related to the use of e-cigarettes.

The state released data Tuesday indicating it had conducted 22 investigations into cases of pulmonary disease possibly associated with vaping.

Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue.

Mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea.

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The provincial government is encouraging anyone with questions about non-severe symptoms they may be experiencing due to vaping to contact the Healthline at 8-1-1 or talk to their health care provider. Previously, there were four known cases in the state. There have also been eight confirmed fatalities-in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and OR, and two deaths in California.

"It could be that we'll see something in the general, normal population of people who are using e-cigarettes", Shields said.

Vaping devices, such as electronic cigarettes, heat a liquid often containing nicotine to create an aerosol to inhale. President Trump said last week his administration is looking to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products. "They need to sit down and have a real conversation with the child and give the child an opportunity to say if they're having trouble trying to quit".

Now, these same abnormalities have been found in mice, and in at least some of the people who have fallen ill recently. But the severity and number of recent cases suggest that something has changed in the vaping devices that people are using, doctors say. While thought to be harmless when used as a nutritional supplement, it could carry risks when inhaled and has been found in some products, said NY health officials.

"I have become increasingly concerned about the prevalence and possible health consequences of vaping, particularly as they affect our youth", said Elliott on Wednesday. If you use these products, help is available.

Jennifer Layden, Illinois' CMO, said state officials are hoping to collect more information about what is causing the illness from individuals who vape, but have not gotten sick. "These investigative efforts are happening around the country, and we appreciate those in Montana who are assisting".

Meanwhile, several TV networks - including CBS, WarnerMedia and CNN - say they will no longer air ads for e-cigarettes. In Montana, e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among high school students.

Patients are treated with supportive care including oxygen, while more severe cases are treated with anti-inflammatory steroids.

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