With the CDC condcting a multi-state investigation into over 450 serious illnesses and six fatalities in the U.S. (one in Kansas), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has issued the following statement: Reports of recent deaths related to vaping and e-cigarettes constitute a public health crisis - particularly for adolescents and young adults. The AOA calls upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take immediate action to make young people aware of the risks associated with these products. Here is the full post in the DO. Vaping illnesses have been reported in 33 states.
Following the death of a woman over 50 from vaping in Kansas this week, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, MD, has called on all Kansans to stop vaping. If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop, Sec. Norman said in the news release on Tuesday.
Norman went on to advise anyone who has a history of vaping and is experiencing lung problems with symptoms to seek medical care. The symptoms most frequently cited are:
- Shortness of breath
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Chest pain