Hello and welcome to the A Clean Cigarette blog. This is Dawn again and today we are going to talk about a topic that is all over the recent headlines. If you have been watching the news at all then you probably already know what I am referring to. I mean it’s hard to miss nearly a hundred cases of vaping related lung infections, isn’t it?
So What’s going on?
According to the CDC 94 possible cases of vaping related lung infection in 14 states from June 28 – August 15. The states that have been affected the hardest are:
- Wisconsin with 15 confirmed cases and as many as 15 more cases that are under investigation.
- Illinois with 10 Confirmed cases and as many as 12 cases still under investigation.
- California with 19 cases being investigated.
- New York with 11 cases under investigation.
- Indiana with 6 confirmed and 5 more under investigation.
- New Jersey with 9 confirmed cases.
While investigators are unsure what is causing these apparently vaping related lung infections what they do know is that it is primarily affecting younger people.
What is a vaping related lung infection and what does it look like?
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services people have been experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and weight loss. The WDH even released an outbreak investigation notice to help people spot these symptoms early.
Medical experts from around the country stress the fact that getting treatment for ANY lung infection early is super important. So whether you vape anything or not, if you feel these symptoms, go in get checked out ASAP.
But what’s causing it?
There are a ton of theories out there about what is causing these vaping related infections. What we DO know is that in many if not all the cases the fluids vaped were NOT typical e-liquid.
In fact, from what I can tell reading around at least half a dozen of these cases are confirmed to have been THC OIL containing cartridges that the youth filled themselves. Furthermore, I can not find a single confirmed case that reports basic nicotine-containing cartridges.
Let’s break it down:
Nearly 10 years of Vaping and NO cases of this reported.
Now around 100 cases reported in less than two months.
Confirmed cases that lead to the theory that it’s not basic e-liquid being vaped.
Confirmed contaminants added to some of the liquids vary from THC to counterfeit THC such as spice and in some cases even Meth.
Most if not all of the infected appear to be adolescents or young adults.
A case study involving one of these vaping related infections:
NPR reported that in one Wisconsin case, “a 26-year-old man with asthma ended up in an intensive care unit in July with difficulty breathing after vaping THC oil he bought on the street. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. His blood-oxygen levels dropped to just 10% and he was placed in a medically induced coma.”
Vaping Related lung infections? Bad headline?
So basically yes there is an issue but I am not sure its a “vaping” issue. At least not in the “traditional” vaping world. I truly wish that instead of headlines like this “Vaping related lung infections being investigated by the CDC” to something like “People vaping illegal drugs gives vaping a bad name”
Let’s just tell the whole truth instead of the parts of the news that get clicks.
In the meantime, I will keep my ear to the ground and let you guys know if there are any new developments.
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Thanks again and have a great day!