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Former FDA Chief Calls for Federal Reckoning on Vape Products

Former FDA Chief Calls for Federal Reckoning on Vape Products

However, FDA Senior Adviser Michael Felberbaum says that more information is needed to better understand whether there is a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses.

The recommendation followed advice from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday for people to consider not using e-cigarette products while it investigates the cause of the spate of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping.

While there are no confirmed cases in DE at this time, DPH is now investigating three possible cases among DE residents. By contrast, though, there are 480,000 smoking-related deaths annually and 16 million Americans living with tobacco-related illnesses.

"We're all totally for getting people off of cigarettes", Cross said. "I cannot stress this point strongly enough - these illnesses can be life-threatening". The ministry says, "Apart from nicotine, E-cigarettes contain additional harmful substances, among them substances that can adversely affect the respiratory system and substances which are considered carcinogenic, meaning have the potential to cause cancer".

It's a severe pheumonia-like illness and the CDC and the state Health Department are telling people to stop vaping.

The agency said there is no evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses, which has led officials to believe the illnesses may be associated with chemical exposure. Many patients report using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Symptoms typically develop over a period of days but sometimes can manifest over several weeks. Over 50 patients showed symptoms, with one third ending up on respirators. Some patients also experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss, with the gastrointestinal problems sometimes preceding the respiratory symptoms.

This move in NY comes after several other states and the Food and Drug Administration have launched similar investigations into e-cigarette usage. E-cigarette products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products.

The use of vape products has surged in recent years, especially among young people.

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According to Annals of Internal Medicine, 10.8 million adults in the US are e-cigarette users.

The CDC is working alongside state health officials to determine exactly what chemical or chemicals are contributing to the rash of illnesses.

"They're putting cannabis into a cylinder to use as a vaping product, let's say they use half of it for that and they fill up the other half with a vitamin E acetate, so now up to 50 percent of that canister that ultimately vaporizes is vitamin E, what we have found that all of these products that have the vitamin E was purchased on the black market", said Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the State Department of Health. A ban has done nothing to protect them; in fact, the data on those who are falling ill, many of whom were daily vapers, reminds us that teens are readily buying products online.

Among teenagers, experimentation with electronic or e-cigarettes became very popular, starting about 2015. They have quickly become the "most commonly-used tobacco product among US teens".

"Population studies have shown that adolescents view e-cigarettes as far less risky than real cigarettes", Bostean said. According to the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, about 4.8 percent of DE adults now use e-cigarettes, about the same prevalence as the 2016 survey.

According to the Health Department release, "it is suspected that most cases are the result of adulterated or contaminated products involving THC or other cannabinoids from marijuana".

Unlike tobacco, which can not be promoted inside stores in Ontario, the provincial government opted to allow e-cigarette companies to promote their products inside convenience stores, as long as they comply with federal laws.


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