Arizona Health Department: Cases of Lung Illness via Vaping Surge


Five people are dead and hundreds have been hospitalized across 33 states because of a mysterious pulmonary illness connected to THC- and nicotine-filled e-cigarettes. But Arizona so far seems to be beating the odds, which is ironic considering that it’s the only pot-friendly state where cannabis products aren’t tested for contaminants. According to Chris Minnick of the Arizona Department of Health Services, no cases have been reported in the state so far of the lung-damaging illness, which has caused symptoms from shortness of breath and diarrhoea to weight loss and death. He said also said that the Arizona Department of Health Services is working closely with Arizona Poison Control to identify such cases. According to the statement of Alexis Kramer of Banner Health, the toxicologists are investigating the matter statewide.

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The surprising matter is that the victim does not know this yet and symptoms usually appear or show sign often after days and weeks after vaping. Some health care officials say it’s best to quit vaping entirely, for now. While Arizona health officials continue to investigate, Banner Health toxicology experts recommend refraining from, or at least minimizing the use of, vaping pens and other vaping devices. In a press release today, Banner encouraged the public to report cases of vaping-related lung injury by calling 800-222-1222.

  • Fever, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain.

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Meanwhile, there doesn’t seem to be much concern among Arizona vapers. The vapes definitely sell pretty well, said Eddie Garcia, manager of Just Blaze in Phoenix. We let them know about the high nicotine content, but we haven’t received any negative feedback. Nationwide, the first death was reported in Illinois on August 23, after the individual, who had recently vaped, was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness.

Source: Phoenix New Times

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