"These latest reports of pulmonary disease in people using vaping products in NY and other states are proof that more study is needed on the long-term health effects of these products". There is no conclusive evidence an infectious disease is causing the illnesses. In addition to nicotine-based products, many patients also used those with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Back in April, the US Food and Drug Administration also began an investigation regarding seizures, reportedly experienced among e-cigarette users. In the United States, Juul Labs, in which Altria Group Inc has a 35% stake, is the dominant e-cigarette maker.
The CDC did not link the illnesses to any specific product. Other people reported chest pains, fever, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.
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"We haven't had that kind of history with vaping to be able to assure anyone - teens included - that this is a safe practice", Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children's Minnesota, who looked after four teens with the illness, said.
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It's also helpful to ask patients if they still have any devices or liquids in their possession in case the local health department is interested in testing them. "The sooner the CDC discloses their results to the public, the better, as every day this story makes headlines more adult smokers are being scared off from using nicotine vaping products to quit smoking". As of 2019, the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a quit smoking aid.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are examining 94 cases in 14 states, majority involving adolescents and young adults.
In a statement, the CDC said its officials would be working with health departments from California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin - where cases of the disease have been confirmed - to determine the cause of the condition after "a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use" was reported "among adolescents and young adults in recent weeks".