Blowing clouds of smoke from your favorite vaping device are not cool anymore. The trend has proven to be deadly as an Illinois resident passed away after suffering severe respiratory illness.
In Illinois, the number of cases of people who have been using e-cigarettes and hospitalized for it has doubled in the past week. Specific brands and labels have not been mentioned in the report provided by health officials.
“Yesterday we received a report of a death of an adult who had been hospitalized with severe unexplained respiratory illness after reported vaping or e-cigarette use,” said Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Illinois is working with the CDC, FDA, our local health departments and other state health departments to investigate products and devices that individuals have reportedly used,” said Layden.
22 people, ranging from 17-38 years of age have experienced respiratory disorders after using e-cigarettes. The state’s Department Of Public Health is working with health officers to investigate 12 other suspected cases.
According to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and they must make it very clear that vaping can be very dangerous. Across the 22 states in America, the cases have reached up to 193. These cases were reported in a very small time frame, from June to August.
No age group is immune.
From teenagers to adults, all e-cigarette users are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, coughing and chest pains. Some patients have extreme trouble in breathing, which made them end up in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, said, “We do have to be careful [to say] that this has not been linked to any specific device or any specific chemical that might exist in a device. The commonality is it’s mainly young people who’ve supposedly been vaping who ended up having respiratory symptoms.”
The symptoms of respiratory illness caused by vaping.
Vaping causes inflammation in the lungs which results in the lungs to fill with fluid. Tests show that inflammation is not caused by infection. E-cigarette vapor consists of several ingredients that could cause lung diseases and irritation, which is a symptom. Heavy metals like nickel, oil, and ultra-fine particles can be blamed for the diseases. The flavored vapor contains diacetyl. This chemical causes a condition called popcorn lungs, where patients develop lung ailments in which the air sacs in the lungs become damaged, resulting in thickening and narrowing of airways in the lungs.
Heavy levels of nicotine are also responsible for such disorders as a single pod contains as much nicotine as found in a pack of 20 cigarettes. While it is humanly impossible to smoke the entire pack in 15 minutes, e-cigarette users can blow up the entire pod easily in 15 minutes, which gives rise to extreme breathing problems.