FDA, CDC Step Up Investigations Into Vaping
Researchers are still looking for the exact culprit but many of those affected had used e-cigarettes or vaping devices. They live in Lucas, Richland and Union counties, the health department said. Nicotine products can be vaped, but almost all of the three dozen vaping-linked illnesses reported recently in Wisconsin were tied to THC products, according to AP.
Health officials in the state issued stern warnings to residents: Stop vaping immediately. One adult in IL died after being hospitalized for a respiratory illness that developed after using e-cigarettes.
Those who have fallen ill have been hospitalized after experiencing worsening symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss. Chapman said standard treatments, including antibiotics and oxygen support, in some cases did not stop the symptoms, and a few teens experienced respiratory failure and had to be placed on ventilators. The 193 figure included unconfirmed cases, health officials previously told reporters.
Public health physician Ann Thomas says investigators don't yet know whether the illnesses are caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something such as the device itself. Chance Ammirata, who had never been a traditional smoker, said he started using Juul e-cigarettes a year and a half ago, when he was 16.
Other states have reported more than 200 cases of a vaping-related lung disease and one death.
In Wisconsin, health officials said Thursday that a majority of the cases in their state had inhaled THC products.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, "We know some of this is associated with THC".
Doctors have been unable to identify an infection or other likely cause of their lung problems but found they all had one thing in common: the use of e-cigarettes.
Some e-cigarette products are used to deliver illicit substances which may be acquired from unknown or unauthorized sources. Pallone asked CDC and FDA to provide him with a brief on the cases, and he has asked five e-cigarette makers to give him information on their marketing practices and the safety of their products (Kaplan, New York Times, 8/31; Owermohle, Politico, 8/30; Reuters, 8/30; Hellmann, The Hill, 8/30).