"CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use".
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is mandating that clinicians report any suspected cases of " unexplained e-cigarette or vaping-associated" lung disease to state health officials.
There are now 14 cases of severe lung illness in Dallas County related to e-cigarettes. Many patients report using vaping or e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the high.
The CDC urges people to stop using e-cigarette products.
Vaping has become especially popular among young people.
If you are concerned about harmful effects from e-cigarette products, call WA Poison Control Center at: 1-800-222-1222.
Salathe and his colleagues said they've proven by testing human cadaver cells and sheep that vaping damages how the lungs work, and that kind of damage often leads to chronic bronchitis and even COPD over time.
DOH advises people to avoid e-cigarette products off the street and not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer.
"There are some inherent risks with vaping and the type of vaping habits that people may have or the vaping materials they use may pose more of a risk than we have recognized before", Tamez said.
CDC officials said some laboratories have identified vitamin E acetate in product samples and are investigating that as a possible cause of the illnesses.
Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, anorexia, pleuritic chest pain, nausea, and diarrhea. The large number of cases is new and alarming to public health officials. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are also urging patients in the medical marijuana program to consult with their health care providers on potential alternatives to vaping products while the investigation continues. To help gather and analyze as much information as possible, the FDA's laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses.
It was found that most of the patients were male with a median age of 19, in a study conducted by the states of Wisconsin and IL and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed his state's health department to subpoena the records of three marketers and sellers of thickening agents used in black market vaping products.
"Chemicals in vaping fluid also can cause acute lung injuries and contribute to lung and cardiovascular disease down the line", the specialist says.