One man’s brush with death after vaping-related lung failure
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-wor ... g-failure/
Illinois patient’s death may be first in US tied to vaping
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-wor ... to-vaping/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... as-doubled
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis-related products has more than doubled, to 450 in 33 states.
"Although more investigation is needed to determine the vaping agent or agents responsible, there is clearly an epidemic that begs for an urgent response," David Christiani of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health writes in an editorial published Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
In a media briefing Friday, the CDC suggested people should avoid using e-cigarettes.
"While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products," says Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, incident manager of the CDC's response to the vaping-related lung injuries. "People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms, for example, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting — and promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns."
Late last month, the CDC said the number of reported vaping-related cases stood at 215. Five people have died — in Illinois, Oregon, Indiana, Minnesota and California.
https://www.jwatch.org/fw115830/2019/09 ... tably-high
"People who vape mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogenic compound pulegone, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study.
Pulegone, derived from the essential oils of mint plants, has been shown to cause tumors in rodents. Synthetic pulegone was banned as a food additive in 2018, and its levels are limited in the flavorings for traditional cigarettes.
In the new study, researchers found that levels of pulegone in five mint or menthol e-cigarette products and one mint smokeless tobacco product were higher than those in combustible cigarettes. They were also higher than what the FDA deems as unacceptable for synthetic pulegone in food.
The authors conclude, "Our findings appear to establish health risks associated with pulegone intake and concerns that the FDA should address before suggesting mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products as alternatives for people who use combustible tobacco products."
Separately, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that he would take immediate steps to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes (other than tobacco and menthol) across the state. And on Monday, the CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to help deal with the current outbreak of vaping-related lung illness."
At this point, they don't really know anything for certain. I very occasionally have vaped THC/CBD and the dispensary I get it from assures me their vape products are safe but will no longer use them.
Agreed. That's why I try to avoid generic brand supplements and those from smaller suppliers. For example, one member of my family was taking a generic brand (i.e., store brand) acai supplement. The capsules were charcoal grey in color. One time when we ran out, I decided to try a major name brand. Surprise. The capsules were full of a light purple powder which makes sense for an extract from a purple berry. So what was in the charcoal grey colored capsules? Who knows. It was probably from China and could have been anything.
A few years ago the show Frontline on PBS ran an episode called 'Supplements and Safety' which discussed these issues. You can watch it for free online.
https://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-sup ... nd-safety/
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