US Investigation Of Electronic Cigarette Deaths
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on the 6th that it is investigating about 450 cases of severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes, including five deaths.
Monto Davis, a public health official in Los Angeles County, Calif., informed at a press conference on the 6th that an elderly man had long-term discomfort and died after smoking e-cigarettes. It was confirmed in Los Angeles that 12 people were suddenly suffering from e-cigarettes. One of the patients with lung disease.
Irina Anna, who is in charge of non-communicable diseases at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed on the same day that the federal agency is investigating about 450 cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes in 33 states, including five deaths. Deaths occurred in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, and California.
According to the CDC, these patients experienced symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, fatigue, and vomiting within 3 months of smoking e-cigarettes, and then hospitalized and used a ventilator.
Agence France-Presse reported that many medical staff reported that many of these patients were once misdiagnosed as having bronchitis or viral infection.
Dana Minnie Delman, an investigator at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that it is uncertain whether these diseases are occurring recently, or whether medical personnel are now aware of the associated patients smoking electronic cigarettes.
Illinois public health official Jennifer Leyden said it was unclear when the disease began and the number of patients began to rise this spring.
E-cigarettes have become more popular in recent years, especially sought after by young people, triggering concerns of health and regulatory agencies.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that federal-level investigations did not target specific e-cigarette devices, e-liquids, additives or products.
Wisconsin health officials say there may be several substances inhaled by patients, including nicotine and cannabis, the main active substance of cannabis.
The New York State Department of Public Health survey focused on a vitamin E supplement. The investigators found the substance in 13 e-cigarette devices in 8 patients, half of which were vitamin E oil.
New York State investigators say some people use the e-cigarette device to smoke marijuana, usually with vitamin E oil. Oral vitamin E and smearing the skin are harmless, but inhalation after heating is harmful to health.
Ned Shaples, Acting Director of the US Food and Drug Administration, said that the agency noticed the above report, but nationwide, it did not find any substance after testing all samples to play a decisive role. Some patients reported smoking marijuana, while others only smoked nicotine products.
Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Davis told reporters on the 6th: "Our suggestion is... If you are not smoking electronic cigarettes, stop using them now. There are really too many uncertainties and too much information needs to be collected. ”
The World Health Organization issued a report in July confirming that e-cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful” and should be subject to supervision.
The report said that e-cigarettes can help smokers to quit smoking. There is a lack of "sufficient evidence". "In most countries that sell e-cigarettes, most e-cigarette users consume tobacco products at the same time. (e-cigarettes) have little effect on reducing health risks. Or invalid."
In recent years, tobacco companies have promoted e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, claiming that such products are less harmful than traditional tobacco products, and promoting smokers to switch to "safer" e-cigarettes.