IRISH CLINICIANS SAY they are closely watching developments in the US as health authorities there warn of an outbreak of severe lung disease among vapers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said more than 450 people across 25 States who reported recent use of e-cigarettes have fallen ill. Initial symptoms included breathing difficulty and chest pain before some were hospitalised and placed on ventilators.
Several teenagers have been placed in medically induced comas.
Yesterday New York’s health department said laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all 34 people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes.
“As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus of the Department’s investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses,” the department said in a statement.
Source: Michelle Hennessy, The Journal, 16th September 2019