Monday, September 23, 2019

More Vaping Illnesses Occur

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 


Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two additional identified cases of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi, bringing the state total to three. All three cases are in individuals between 28 and 33 years of age. Currently, there are no confirmed vaping-related deaths in Mississippi.


Mississippi is part of a national investigation into severe pulmonary disease or lung injury linked to the use of e-cigarette products (vaping). Nationwide, there have been 530 cases of lung illness reported from 38 states and one U.S. territory. Seven deaths have been reported from six states.

“This is a very serious concern, and one that is unfolding every day,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “While we know that many of the cases in the US report vaping cannabis products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), some have reported only vaping nicotine products. There is still a lot that we don’t know about what is making these people sick. No specific product such as the device, liquid, refill pods or cartridge has been clearly identified as the cause.”

Symptoms of severe pulmonary disease include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fever and fatigue. Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes.

Until an exact cause of the illness has been determined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions:
  • If you are concerned about the health risks, consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported above, see your healthcare provider.

Additionally, Dr. Byers said Mississippians are urged to not buy products off the street containing THC or other cannabinoids. Do not modify or add substances to e-cigarette products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

For more information on the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/lungillness.



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

In most cases of people smoking cigarettes, it takes many years, perhaps decades, for them to experience adverse effects. But in the cast of vaping, it seems to take on a few short years for them to start experiencing health problems or even death. I've never been a smoker, but there's no way in hell that I would suck on one of those vaping devices.

Anonymous said...

I was in Starbucks a few years ago and a regular kook customer came up to me and said "I've switched to vaping, it's so much better for my lungs." And just before he could finish his sentence, he choked on his words and coughed a few times.

Anonymous said...

There are no coincidences. Someone please tell me why the FDA allowed this product to hit the shelves in the first place. Was this some kind of ploy to harm consumers?

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to see how Juul came into being, remember the lady who ran against Scott Brown for MA Senate race? She became a lobbyist for Juul and advocated for its health benefits.

https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2019/04/02/coakley-juul-job

Anonymous said...

The e-cig company Juul, which has most of the market share, manufactures their devices in Shenzen, China. Why am I not surprised?

Anonymous said...

In Mississippi, 5,400 adults die each year from smoking cigarettes (per MDHS). If you have to smoke I think vaping is still the "safest" alternative.

Anonymous said...

3:28 PM, that is a loaded statement. Those people who "have to smoke" are pretty much done for anyway and thus calculations of safety are not worth the paper they are printed on.

That's like saying, those who have to play Russian Roulette with an automatic rifle should go with the Kalashnikov AK-74, as it's magazines have been shown to jam.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:28, but those 5400 that die have likely been smoking cigarettes for MANY years. These people that have recently died from vaping were relatively young and had only been vaping for a few years. Vaping is NOT a safe alternative.

Anonymous said...

sucking chemicals from china into your lungs. how can it be bad?

Germs on Phlegm said...

In this day and age of "every kid gets a trophy", you kids keep sucking on your "digital trophies"; I like my tobacco like I like my music....analog. Duran Duran anyone?

Anonymous said...

Stop smoking, ban vaping, but let the beer flow like the Bonnet Carré.

ZuZu Petals said...

Ugh. Any idiots who continue to vape after the recent news...deserve whatever Fate hands ‘em.

Anonymous said...

Look at all the good government loving lapdogs. Vaping has been around almost 20 years now, Altria, who owns Marlboro amongst other cigarette brands, buys 40% of Juul and literally overnight people start having health issues from mods you buy in vape stores (not Juuls, mind you.) So the response is the FDA wants to ban FLAVORED juice that's made by small companies that can't afford the FDA hoops but not the common tobacco and menthol favors used in the Juul.

Anonymous said...

You are being programmed.

Anonymous said...

It's coming from these stores that load the stuff into the cig themselves. They are putting vitamin E acetate oil that gives the cig a boost. The oil sticks to the lungs and smother's people over a period of time. The stuff is supposed to be water based so it won't hurt the lungs. Imagine having oil coating on your lungs and going out and mowing a yard full of dead grass.

Anonymous said...

If you're 21 or older, the government should not be able to tell you what type of substances you can or can not put in your body as long as you aren't hurting or bothering another person. The government can warn you about the effects, but the individual should be the final decision maker on the matter.

Little Jackie Paper said...

7:16, all true and reasonable, BUT I’d further stipulate that these morons who smoke (real cigs or e-type, whatever) should NOT expect insurance to cover one dime of their inevitable medical bills. Smoke, smoke, smoke until you puff yourself to death, as the song goes, but don’t make my insurance premiums bankroll it.

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