FDA, CDC Step Up Investigations Into Vaping

FDA, CDC Step Up Investigations Into Vaping

The ODH issued a health alert to healthcare providers on August 23 asking them to report all suspected cases of serious pulmonary illness where the cause is unclear with a history of vaping to local or state public health officials for investigation. One death has been confirmed. All three required hospitalization.

The American Vaping Association, a nonprofit industry group, has stressed that there is no concrete evidence linking the patient's death to vaping. The cases are in Lucas, Richland and Union counties, officials said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA are working to develop an overall picture of the incidents and of the products or substances used, including "investigating the brand and types of e-cigarette products, whether any of them are products that would fall within the FDA's regulatory authority, as well as where they were obtained".

Public health officials said some patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the high-inducing chemical found in marijuana, but other patients have said they had only used e-cigarettes with nicotine.

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To address the increase in e-cigarette use, and help those who work with young people to better understand the dangers involved, the state DOH also launched a new website last week with information for parents, teachers and coaches; it describes the look and operation of various vapes, outlines the known risks, and provides links to news accounts, CDC information, and other resources.

"A lot of attention is given to the e-cigarettes and [their] use by young people in the context of tobacco; we don't talk a lot about vaping marijuana, but we should". This comes after similar reports of 193 people across the USA have suffered from lung disease.

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But Thomas said its possible there are vaping related-illnesses that came before this one. Or they could be part of a trend that's only now been noticed.

Symptoms reported by people who have been hospitalized have included cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Some patients said there symptoms developed over a few days, others said they developed over several weeks. "A pulmonary infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, which have generally not improved with antibiotic treatment alone".