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Old 08-23-2019, 06:09 PM
mikecurtis is offline
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Vaping saves lives

Maybe not. . .
State health officials report vaping-related death, warn of dangerous symptoms

Illinois officials said Friday that a person who had recently used an e-cigarette and was hospitalized with severe lung illness died.

The death appears to be the first among a spate of mysterious lung illnesses now under investigation by state and federal health officials in connection with vaping -- at least 193 cases in 22 states, many in teens and young adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The person who died in Illinois was an adult, said Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the state, on a call. No further details about the person or what device or product had been used was provided.

"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous," Illinois Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.

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Emily Chapman, chief medical officer of Children's Minnesota, a hospital that has had several cases of lung injury related to vaping in the past month, said many of the cases have followed a similar and frightening pattern. The patient appears to have a viral infection -- with a fever, headache, muscle pain and an upset stomach -- that quickly progresses into what appears to be pneumonia. But testing turns up no signs of an infection. Instead, the condition continues to progress, with increasing inflammation in the lungs to the point that they stop functioning properly.

Several patients have been treated in the intensive care unit and even needed a ventilator to help them breathe.

"Even patients themselves have been stunned because there is this misconception that it's safe," Chapman said.
To be fair, it's not known at this point whether the death was caused by vaping or by what was vaped

While some of the cases appear similar, officials said they don't know whether the illnesses are associated with the e-cigarette devices themselves or with specific ingredients or contaminants inhaled through them. Health officials have said patients have described vaping a variety of substances, including nicotine, marijuana-based products and do-it-yourself "home brews."