Idaho officials confirm 2 cases of vaping-related illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Aug. 30 they are investigating more cases of a breathing illness associated with vaping. The root cause remains unclear but officials said Friday that many reports involve marijuana vaping

"The current risk to individuals who use vaping products and develop lung issues as described by CDC is now not known", the department said.

The number of lung related illnesses believed to be caused by vaping continues to rise across the country, including in North Texas. KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said.

Houston health officials say three teenagers have been hospitalized with serious lung illnesses following electronic cigarette use and vaping.

The respiratory illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure, but it is too early to pinpoint a single product or substance common to all cases, according to the CDC.

Most of the patients, but not all, also reported using THC-containing products, and some used a combination of THC and nicotine-containing products.

"At this point, the investigation is ongoing to identify what specific factors are contributing to the vaping incidents where these patients are experiencing these life-threatening illnesses", she said.

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The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida told The News Service of Florida on Monday that state health officials have "received several potential reports of illness" and that the Department of Health and the Florida Poison Information Center Network are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease. The FDA on Monday issued a stern warning letter to the company, raising concerns about Juul's claim that its products are "much safer than cigarettes". If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to ban flavoured e-cigarettes statewide in an effort to protect young people from the unknown consequences of vaping.

Neighboring states have also reported cases, including one death in OR and reported illnesses in Utah and Montana.

Their illnesses were reported in Summit, Portage, Lucas, Richland, Jefferson, Hamilton and Union counties.

The CDC recommends that people who use e-cigarette products should not buy these products "off the street" and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.

"Idaho health care providers are notifying us of patients with severe respiratory symptoms who report vaping in the days or weeks before they became very sick", said Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist, in the news release.

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