(Reuters) – A Kansas resident was the sixth particular person to die in the US of a mysterious respiratory sickness associated to vaping, state officers mentioned on Tuesday, as public well being officers scrambled to grasp a nationwide well being drawback.
“It’s time to cease vaping,” Kansas State Well being Officer Dr. Lee Norman Norman mentioned in a press release. “In the event you or a liked one is vaping, please cease.”
U.S. public well being officers are investigating 450 instances of vaping-related lung sickness throughout 33 states and one U.S. territory. The nationwide investigation led by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has not linked the sicknesses to any particular e-cigarette product.
Most of the reported sicknesses concerned vaping merchandise, together with hashish merchandise, containing vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from vitamin E that may be harmful if inhaled. The vaping business has blamed the surge within the contagion on black market merchandise, however well being officers have but to rule out any vaping gadgets as a possible trigger.
“We agree with the FDA — in case you don’t wish to die or find yourself in a hospital, cease vaping unlawful THC oils instantly,” mentioned a spokesman from the American Vaping Affiliation. “In the event you’re an grownup smoker or ex-smoker who vapes store-bought nicotine merchandise, don’t take heed to the activists who would fairly you inhale lethal smoke than vape.”
Signs among the many reported instances included shortness of breath, fever, cough and vomiting. Further indicators have included headache, dizziness and chest ache.
To this point, Kansas has six instances related to the outbreak. Well being officers disclosed that the person who died was over the age of 50 and had a historical past of underlying well being points, based on the assertion. No different info was offered to guard affected person confidentiality.
“Our sympathies exit to the household of the one that died,” Governor Laura Kelly mentioned within the assertion. “I urge Kansans to watch out. Don’t put your self in hurt’s method, and please comply with the suggestions of public well being officers.”
The American Medical Affiliation on Monday urged People to cease utilizing digital cigarettes of any kind till scientists have a greater deal with on the sicknesses.
Reporting by Matthew Lavietes in New York; Modifying by Scott Malone and David Gregorio