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Marijuana involved in many vaping-related illnesses, health officials say

Marijuana involved in many vaping-related illnesses, health officials say

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating all of these cases.

"While many people consider vaping to be a less risky alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is not risk-free", said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

While numerous 25 cases in NY involved THC, state health officials noted none of them reported using products sold by the medical marijuana companies licensed in NY.

The CDC is testing these ingredients and instructing doctors to ask their patients where they got their liquids and devices. DHS officials said they went on to have severe respiratory illnesses requiring hospitalization. Of those seven, five have reported vaping THC.

Almost 200 people in at least 25 states have come down with severe lung illness, possibly associated with vaping this summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with one reported death, and now doctors at Providence Health are looking into a death that could be related to the outbreak. Some cases reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea and fatigue as well.

For more information on the health concerns associated with e-cigarettes and similar vapor products, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/novape .

The CDC and Food and Drug Administration warned the public not to buy vaping products off the street.

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While the Department of Health Services continues to investigate all possible causes, residents are being strongly encouraged to not utilize any THC products containing e-liquid.

They asked health-care providers to report any cases of severe pulmonary disease in patients who had used e-cigarettes within the past three months to state or local health departments.

Hundreds of cases of a mysterious lung illness have been reported in the USA in just a matter of weeks.

Health officials are still conducting interviews with patients. We'll have to wait and see what the state-specific investigations uncover, but it wouldn't be shocking to learn that most, if not all, reveal that street-bought THC products are to blame.

In light of this limited information, officials across the U.S. urge people not to vape cartridges at all for fear they could be counterfeit.

E-cigarettes generally heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable aerosol.