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Two federal health agencies announced that they are investigating 215 cases of severe lung
disease in 25 states that might be linked with vaping. The agencies involved are the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a joint statement released earlier this week, the two agencies said that as of now, they still need to understand how vaping can affect the lungs. The two agencies made sure to note that in several of the cases being studied, patients reported using THC and CBD, two chemical compounds found in cannabis.
In another statement, acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless and CDC Director Robert Redfield said that the agencies’ investigation is critical as the government needs to determine if all the cases have a common cause or if they are different types of conditions with similar symptoms. In his own statement, Secretary Alex Aza, who heads the Department of Health and Human Services, said that his agency is concerned about the harm vaping might do to the lungs. Azar also said that the investigation is important in the Trump Administration’s analysis of the public harm created by youth smoking.
Until the investigation is complete, the FDA and CDC sent out a series of recommendations for those who use vaping products. Primarily, the agencies recommend only using vaping products purchased from reputable dealers and not attempting to modify e-cigarettes before use. The agencies also remind people to only use substances recommended by the manufacturer and to monitor their health while using vaping devices. If users believe that they are developing health problems from vaping, the CDC and FDA recommend that they immediately contact their healthcare providers.
In most of the cases being investigated by the two agencies, patients experienced a multitude of symptoms, including respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and chest pains. In a smaller subset of the cases being studied, patients reported fever, diarrhea, fatigue, and vomiting. The CDC and FDA will work with state agencies in trying to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak. When the agencies made their initial findings available on August 27, they found that 215 cases had similar symptoms but also say that this number could rise upon commencement of the investigation. Those leading the investigation are also asking the medical community to report any possible cases of lung disease associated with vaping to the CDC.
The CDC and FDA’s investigation comes following the first vaping-related death in the United States last week. The patient, who lived in Illinois, was the victim of a severe lung disease. The state of Illinois reported that they are treating a total of 27 patients with similar symptoms. Of those 27 patients, more than half told doctors that they use vaping products.
In Massachusetts, Governor Baker has issued an emergency health order prohibiting the sale of vaping products in the state for four months, while state health agencies investigate. Members of the state legislature are reportedly working on more long-term regulatory solutions to this health crisis.
Health officials say that the FDA and CDC’s investigation will be treading into new territory. Historically, dangers associated with smoking regular cigarettes are well known, but the medical community has thus far not studied the potential harm of vaping in wide detail.
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