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Elements S4 • E92

A Vaping-Related Illness Has Turned Deadly, Here’s What You Need to Know

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Published on Sep 18, 2019

Vaping has soared in popularity, with now more than 40 million users worldwide. But an unexplained respiratory illness has swept the U.S. in recent weeks, and many health investigators suspect that vaping might be to blame.
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Vapes, vape pens, e-cigarettes—whatever you want to call them—are essentially just battery-powered devices that heat a liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The vapor can contain flavoring and nicotine, but marijuana and hash oil are often used, too.

In recent weeks, reports of a mysterious respiratory illness have taken the U.S. by storm, one that’s affected at least 380 patients and turned fatal for seven. As health investigators begin to look into the issue, a common thread seems to be emerging; vaping.

But medical studies are still in the preliminary stages, and there remains a severe lack of information surrounding the health effects of vaping.

Now, with at least 380 confirmed cases of the mysterious respiratory illness in the U.S., the public is looking for answers.

The first reported vaping-related death occurred in August 2019 in Illinois, and since then, six vaping-related deaths have been reported in California, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Seeker reached out to Dr. David Christiani, a pulmonologist and molecular epidemiologist who collated and summarized the most recent major medical case studies on the vaping-related epidemic for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Learn more about what we know, don’t know, and what steps are being taken with regard to vapes and the impacts vaping could have on one’s health on this episode of Elements.

#VapingDeaths #Vapes #Ecigarettes #Nicotine #THC #Cannabis

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What we know about the mysterious vaping-linked illness and deaths
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health...

A Historical Timeline of Electronic Cigarettes
http://www.casaa.org/historical-timel...
"The first documented reference to an electronic cigarette is a patent granted to Joseph Robinson in 1930 (filed in 1927). It was never commercialized and it is not entirely clear that even a prototype of this primitive device was manufactured."

New York State Suspects Vitamin E May Have Played a Role in Vaping Illnesses
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/he...
“The state Department of Health said in a news release that “very high levels” of the compound had been found in 13 samples from eight of 34 patients who have gotten ill in New York. The samples were analyzed as part of an investigation by the Wadsworth Center, a state laboratory.”

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