Lung Illnesses Linked to Vaping

Vaping Lunch & Learn - COCAThe medical community is growing increasingly concerned over a spate of serious lung illnesses that have been linked to vaping.

Recently, the PA Department of Health  issued a health advisory warning clinicians about “severe acute pulmonary disease associated with vaping.” The advisory was a response to “increasing reports of lung injury, in some cases severe, which have preliminarily been associated with vaping.” In Pennsylvania, those reports came over the past several weeks from the Pittsburgh Poison Control Center.

“We are aware of at least four cases that have been treated in Pittsburgh hospitals in the last week that appear likely to be related to vaping, though the specific products are unknown at this time,” the advisory states.

In most cases, patients have reported vaping products that contain THC, although not all chemicals were not identified.

Th advisory warns clinicians to provide patients who have a history of vaping with ” patient education regarding the potential for severe lung injury.”

The advisory is part of a growing response from the medical community over concerns about serious lung illnesses related to e-cigarettes. On August 23, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated during a press briefing that “193 potential cases of of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette product use” had been reported by 22 states. Not all those cases were confirmed, however one death was reported in Illinois.

Click here to read full PA health advisory.

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