At least one person has died in IL, after they used an e-cigarette product that appears to have caused fatal breathing problems.
"The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be risky", said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHP) Director Ngozi Ezike in a statement.
"The possibility of what can go into these cartridges is nearly limitless, and that in and of itself creates a lot of variation in what we are seeing in a body's reaction to vaping", said 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.
According to CBC, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revealed that there have been 193 cases of people reporting severe lung illness that may be linked to vapid, of which 22 have required hospitalization.
Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, released a statement expressing the agency's sadness at the recently reported death in IL.
No specific product has been identified or blamed for the illness in any of the cases. The group called on federal officials to clear nicotine vaping products of suspicion.
Their use among adolescents has skyrocketed in recent years: some 3.6 million middle and high school students used vaping products in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million on the year before. That may be partly because cases that were not initially being linked to vaping have begun to be grouped that way. She also said the sickened might be dealing with different illnesses that have similar symptoms.
"I could just feel my heart pounding out of my chest, going a hundred miles an hour", the boy said. "They did the X-ray and it was completely cloudy, all the way through his lungs". "However, there have been no reports of popcorn lung occurring due to vaping". But the long-term health effects of vaping are largely unknown. However, the risks are expected to be much lower compared to smoke from a tobacco product.
But some vaping products have been found to contain other potentially harmful substances, including flavoring chemicals and oils used for vaping marijuana, experts say.