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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostSep-8 9:35 AM 
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NYT:

State and federal officials are urgently tackling a new public health crisis in America: What’s causing a surge in vaping-related lung illnesses?

In recent months, 450 people have been  sickened by a severe lung illness linked to e-cigarettes across 33 states and one U.S. territory, and five have died, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people to consider refraining from vaping any products until a cause is found. Coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath are warning signs for anyone who has vaped within the last 90 days. Here’s what you need to know.

 
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From: Marypickford DelphiPlus Member IconSep-17 1:20 PM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 2) 
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Funny- the article wasn't clear at all. It seems like the THC systems are not properly regulated, as if any vaping compound is tested thoroughly. They are not. The FDA ruled that rigorous testing was not required, due to the fact that smoking tobacco cigarretes are so obviously harmful and presumably more harmful than the alternative. This may not be the case at all, but the FDA will find it hard to reverse that decision. Just as they can't seem to reverse their decision on Nutrasweet, even after there is evidence that it is toxic years later.

 

Eighty-four percent had vaped a product including T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical in marijuana. Dr. Layden said a majority had also used a “nicotine-based product,” noting that there were “a range of products and devices.”

The journal article about those cases mentions that the heating coils in vaping devices might release metal particles that could be inhaled.

 
 

“The focus of our investigation is narrowing but is still faced with complex questions,” said Ileana Arias, the C.D.C.’s acting deputy director for noninfectious diseases. She added, “We are working tirelessly and relentlessly.”

Mitch Zeller, the director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration, said particular concern is developing around products that are jury-rigged by vaping retailers, or tampered with or mixed by consumers themselves. “Think twice,” he said, urging consumers to avoid vaping products purchased on the street or that they have made themselves.

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