Second U.S. death linked to vaping, officials say

Second U.S. death linked to vaping, officials say

Health officials have said reported cases of the illness across various states appear to be similar, but a lot remains unknown.

Rich Danila of the Minnesota Department of Health says all eight inhaled THC, the compound in marijuana that gives it its high.

The FDA is also analyzing samples provided by state officials to determine whether the samples contain nicotine, substances such as THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) or other cannabinoids, or other chemicals.

Although officials are not ready to cite vaping as the direct cause of these illnesses, they say there is reason to believe they're linked: Health officials have not been able to find an infectious cause for the illnesses, most of the patients exhibit similar symptoms, and they all report a history of vaping. The patients range in age from 18 to 26-years-old.

At least two people who developed severe respiratory illnesses after vaping have died and there are at least 215 other cases of severe lung disease that may be tied to the activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"They did a biopsy of a lung and they have seen a lipid, which is an oil-containing product, in the lungs", Dr. Law said. That said, they used different devices and products and some industry experts and health officials have suggested the devices may have been altered or used with substances sold on the street, not purchased from a licensed company.

If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health. "We don't know what they are cutting it with or anything else".

Symptoms reported by people who have been hospitalized have included cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain. "It is particularly important to ascertain what type of e-cigarettes or vaping devices were used and what specifically was being vaped", he added.

Thomas said this July case fit the bill, leading the health authority to deem it potentially "Oregon's first in a national outbreak". The symptoms may worsen over days and weeks.

If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or go to the ODH website for information about resources, including the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

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