Sixth Person Dies Of Vaping Related Illness
Six people have died so far of a pulmonary illness related to vaping.
Currently, health officials are investigating 450 cases of pulmonary illness in the U.S. that may be tied to vaping as well as e-cigarette products. The most recent death was of a Kansas resident over the age of 50.
President Trump recently announced that his administration is working towards banning all non-tobacco-flavored vaping products.
The pulmonary illness associated with vaping has a wide range of symptoms. Those affected usually experience coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Additionally, others have expressed experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The onset of the illness itself also varies. Some experience an onslaught of symptoms within a few days while others experience a buildup over several weeks.
Most occurrences of this disease have cropped up during the past several months. Patients have typically recovered during a timespan of several days to several weeks. However, ventilation of intubation are usually needed to facilitate recovery. 53 cases were reported in Wisconsin and Illinois. Of those 53 cases, 94% required hospitalization.
It is still unclear what exactly is causing the disease. Some believe that is it related to chemical exposure during the act of vaping.