They've been hospitalized with symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss.
Health officials have said some vaping products contain potentially harmful substances, including flavoring chemicals and oils used for vaping marijuana.
"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, said in a statement.
The American Vaping Association, an advocacy group, issued a statement arguing that "tainted black market THC products" are to blame for the illnesses.
Many people believe vaping is safer than traditional cigarettes and tobacco, which kill 8 million people each year due to cancer, health disease and other conditions, according to the World Health Organization.
"It's time to take a second look at this vaping or e-cigarette habit", Thomas said. The state's report coincides with national reporting, and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that vaping and e-cigarettes are far from harmless.
Thomas said it's not news to the authority that e-cigarettes can pose health issues.Читайте также: Gold eases on stronger dollar, trade woes limit losses
IL officials on Friday reported what they consider the first death in the nation linked to vaping after the person contracted a serious lung disease.
In the meantime, the CDC is urging people concerned about specific health risks to consider not using e-cigarette products.
"One cartridge of Juul is equal to a pack of cigarettes", Owens says, "and there's some kids that will do a cartridge in a couple of hours". That's up from six suspected cases the agency reported less than two weeks ago.
The Oregon Democrat said he expects that taxing e-cigarettes will help limit their use among teenagers and will challenge vaping industry executives and lobbyists, who likely will put up a fight.
"We want the public to know that this is a real danger", Thomas said.
"Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain - which continues to develop until about age 25", the agency states.
"However, we know enough already about what e-cigarettes contain, how they work, and how they are used, to be very confident that e-cigarettes simply can not be remotely as risky as cigarette smoking", the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) writes. "They have contests to see how fast you can go through that, so therefore, you're going to get addicted faster because you're taking in a higher dose of nicotine".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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