There is a lung illness that is spreading across the U.S., and it is believed to be connected to the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are more and more popular in recent years, especially among teenagers. In 2018, several more than 3.6 million middle and high scholars declared to have used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
There have been documented around 100 cases of the strange lung ailment in teenagers and young adults in 14 states that lead to those suffering being admitted to hospital. A team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating with scientists from health departments to establish the agent that caused the disease.
All of those hospitalized presented the same symptoms: difficulties while breathing, shortness of breath, chest pains, fever, cough vomiting, and diarrhea. The researchers and medical specialists have taken into consideration an infection but were fast to eliminate it as the symptoms seemed to incline more towards the use of e-cigarettes, even though they are not sure whether the illness was caused by the devices or by the ingredients used.
Doctors identified an unknown lung disease caused by vaping
Many subjects declared that they created their own ‘brews’ or used marijuana-based products mixed with nicotine. After much research, it has been found out that out of the 100 subjects, 31 are confirmed to have contacted the illness due to e-cigarettes.
The companies that produce the vaping devices have declared that brand products are carefully monitored due to safety reasons and that adults use them without the problem. They believe that the products used by teenagers are off-brands and probably amateur-made street vapes that most certainly contain illegal drugs and not nicotine.
Health officials are quick to disagree with them. The people that have been suffering from lung illness have been treated with steroids, which improved their condition, especially in those that suffered from respiratory failure. The steroids have been known to act against acute lung injury that is associated to vaping.