Canadian officials monitor reports of vaping-linked illnesses in the U.S.

09/10/2019 09:39 |

Canadian officials monitor reports of vaping-linked illnesses in the U.S.

"And then, a lot of them are disguised to look like everyday products".

Since the beginning of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been alerted of 215 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes. 'In Britain, you can check on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website whether the product you're using has been notified and can be legally sold'.

Until 2016, e-cigarettes were freely able to enter the market without any premarket approval by the FDA.

"The biggest thing is the attitudes", he said. However, many patients have reported using e-cigarettes that contain the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The oil, vitamin E acetate, is safely used in skin ointment, but was not available for inhalation.

Researchers have expressed concerns about potential damage e-cigarettes can cause to the lungs and heart, as well as the risk of burns and seizures.

The vaping-related illnesses have led to investigations by state health departments in IL and Wisconsin, which have tracked signs of illness back to April this year.

Brian King from the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health said it best past year: "Advertising can bring the horse to water".

The use of vape products has surged in recent years, especially among young people. The professor does acknowledge the challenges in regulating the vaping industry, likening it to "grabbing the tiger by the tail", because it's changing so rapidly.

In addition to concerns over the newly emerged disease, Health advises that e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, pregnant women or individuals who do not now use tobacco.

CDC in a release issued Friday recommended that individuals consider abstaining from e-cigarettes entirely. "But that's why I still think there's further investigation to see exactly what's going on with this".

Experimentation with e-cigarettes is also catching on with adults. Leaving e-cigarettes on the market without the proper review for almost two more years could mean that millions more kids get hooked.

American officials have urged people to stop vaping until they can figure out the case of the mysterious illnesses. He suggests the increase in youth vaping can be blamed on major commercial tobacco companies, many of which now own e-cigarette companies.

At least five people in the United States have died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping.

The vapour from e-cigarettes helps bacteria which cause the condition to stick to the cells that line the airways, they said.

Hammond agrees that marketing has played a significant role in the rising popularity of vaping.

FILE - A high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

E-Liquids, which are used for vaping in electronic cigarettes, are regularly marketed with bright colours.

Both the IL attorney general and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued similar statements, advising people from their respective states not to use e-cigarettes. But the long-term health effects of vaping are largely unknown.

In severe cases, treatment can include hooking a patient up to an ECMO, she said.

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health has said he is sending informal email inquiries to respiratory specialists and intensive care units at Nova Scotia hospitals to see if there are any similar cases to what is happening in the U.S.

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