It’s happening with increasing frequency, and sometimes it’s fatal. But no one knows why.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many millions of people vape regularly in the United States. This is the practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor content produced by an electronic cigarette or another comparable device.
Many people have been touting the habit as a way towards quitting smoking cigarettes. Others see it as simply a better or safer smoking habit to have, if you’re going to have one at all.
But new research and statistics could be proving this all wrong. Scientists don’t know all there is to know about vaping yet and how it relates to health problems. The verdict is still out on how dangerous it may be, but arrows could be pointing towards “very”.
According to recent reports, health officials in the U.S are currently investigating 215 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping. This is across 25 states.
One patient died in Illinois in August from critical lung disease, making for the first-ever vaping-related death in the U.S.
Officials say they’re still trying to get to the bottom of the so-called ‘outbreak’, and that it isn’t yet clear whether certain specific products or substances are causing the problem.
Of note, however, is the fact that in many cases, patients were vaping products containing THC or CBD, the active compounds found in cannabis.
Symptoms of those hospitalized included shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and fatigue. If you’re experiencing these or other symptoms of health troubles, seek medical help immediately.