Health officials link over 450 pending cases of potential lung illnesses to that of e-cigarette usage

Health officials are now investigating 450 cases of potential lung illnesses linked to vaping. There have been six deaths related to the mysterious illness, the most recent being in Kansas last week. The Wall Street Journal says a wide array of symptoms have been reported such as chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, nausea, and vomiting. Doctors have also reported high counts of white blood cells, meaning the immune system is on high alert. According to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine, of 54 cases reported in Wisconsin and Illinois, 94% of patients were hospitalized, and 32% of patients required intubation or medical ventilation. This illness is as dangerous as it is unknown. ~

Most of these cases have been linked to vape products which contain THC. The US Food and Drug Administration said that other cases can be linked to a chemical called vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent for the vape juices. Five cases in North Carolina have been diagnosed as lipoid pneumonia, which is the build-up of a fat or oil in the lungs. Doctors think most cases are different diagnoses with similar symptoms. According to the FDA, however, all of these cases can be linked to vaping. The Center for Disease Control recommends avoiding vaping or e-cigarettes until the investigation is complete. ~

This new health crisis has prompted the Trump administration to look into banning all non-tobacco flavored vaping products. The question remains: Why is this new illness showing up now? The Wall Street Journal says that companies like Juul have marketed their products specifically to young people. This has been extremely effective in getting teens and young adults addicted to nicotine. The Kansas News Service reports that one-third of Kansas teens have tried vaping. Cigarette companies have used similar advertising techniques like the ones Juul employs that got teens addicted to cigarettes in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This leaves one to wonder: What other tactics have companies like Juul adopted from the cigarette companies? ~

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