Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Midwest is reporting mystery lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping

Via the New York Times last week, an odd story about vaping from last week:  
Nearly three dozen young people have been hospitalized around the country in recent weeks for severe respiratory problems after vaping either nicotine or marijuana, stumping doctors treating them. 
The Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin public health departments are investigating these cases and at least 20 additional emergency admissions that doctors suspect are related to vaping some substance, possibly even illegal street drugs or adulterated liquids laced with T.H.C., the ingredient that produces marijuana’s high. 
There are also cases in California, which appear to be associated with vaping cannabis or cannabidiol oil. 
Most of the patients were having difficulty breathing when they arrived at the hospital. Some patients also reported chest pain, vomiting and other ailments. The cases have ranged in severity, with some patients suffering severe lung damage that required weeks of treatment in the intensive care units...
The CDC is beginning to investigate. Seems to me there are a couple of possibilities: a mystery chemical agent in random batches of vaping juice, or it's quite a coincidence. I wonder what it is?  


  1. This covers a lot of devices and substances, any of which this collection of young people might have been exposed to more than one of. There's a world of difference between a common nicotine vaporizing device to a cannabis vaporizing device, or even a cannabidiol oil vaporizer. The substances themselves can vary in all kinds of ways, from manufactured watermelon-flavored 'vape juice' to raw cannabis. The nebulous description this article really doesn't tell us much at all. However given the recent surge in popularity of nicotine 'vape juice' and devices, my suspicions would start there. Also, it could come down to a cheap and nasty device that is causing people to vaporize plastic.

  2. Unlike cigarettes that you can puff up and discard, one uses the same vaping unit. Over a period of time when you inhale perhaps you are also ingesting bacteria that builds up over time? Lungs for bacteria is playing ground!


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