Both the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health have noted that some patients have also reported the use of products containing THC, a psychoactive substance in cannabis.
E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular around the world. However, they also bring some possible health risks. According to the latest news from foreign media, Illinois health officials announced on Friday that an adult had recently died of a disease. He had previously smoked electronic cigarettes and subsequently suffered from serious respiratory diseases. This is the first death in a report on the growing number of lung diseases associated with e-cigarettes across the United States.
The first case of e-cigarette death in the United States, 193 people have severe lung disease
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they have learned that 193 severe lung diseases in 22 states in the United States may be caused by e-cigarettes.
These figures are an increase from the 153 potential cases in the 16 states reported by the agency on Wednesday. The agency said there were no known death reports at the time.
Since last week, only confirmed cases and suspected cases in Illinois have doubled, currently 22, and another 12 are being examined.
“The severity of the disease people are experiencing is worrying. We must let people know that using e-cigarettes can be dangerous,” said Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Public Health Bureau. Ezike added that the staff of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Illinois on Tuesday.
Illinois health officials said the patient experienced a variety of symptoms. These include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea, which “appreciated a few days or weeks before admission.”
Ezike said that many cases occurred in people who “have no known lung problems or have previously been diagnosed with lung problems.”
Health officials say it is unclear whether there are any associations between cases in different states, whether e-cigarettes actually cause these diseases, and which components or chemicals of e-cigarettes may be responsible for them. However, both the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health have noted that some patients have also reported the use of products containing THC, a psychoactive substance in cannabis.
“However, no specific component product was identified in all cases. Additionally, no ingredients were decisively linked to the disease,” the Illinois Department of Health said. “Although the cases look similar, it is unclear whether these cases have a common cause, or whether they are different diseases with similar symptoms.”
The US Centers for Disease Control said on Wednesday that it is working with the Illinois Department of Health and the US Food and Drug Administration to find out which ingredients are used in e-cigarettes and to facilitate laboratory testing. In an email last week, the Center for Disease Control urged doctors to collect information and samples from patients who might match similar descriptions.
Although there is no conclusive evidence to date that the death of this patient is related to e-cigarettes, in the past two weeks, several state and local health authorities in the United States have published reports on these diseases and made them on the US black market. The THC substance is linked to severe lung problems.
In Wisconsin, near Illinois, all sick patients reported that they smoked marijuana. At the same time, California and New Mexico have issued special warnings for THC in the past 24 hours.
In addition, the United States Today USA News interviewed a doctor in New York who linked the patient’s lung problems to the THC component of the e-cigarette.
For a large number of media reports and analysis, Gregory Conley, president of the American Electronic Cigarette Association, said in a statement: “In each day of the crisis, there is more evidence that THC and other illegal drugs are included. Street e-cigarettes cause these diseases, not nicotine e-cigarette products.”
He said: “When we know that polluting, black market THC products are still on the street, the media and health authorities continue to pay attention to e-cigarette products, which is very irresponsible. We continue to call on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States. The Food and Drug Administration must not only promptly investigate these incidents, but also take action to ensure that adult smokers know that nicotine e-cigarette products are still a much safer alternative to smoking.”