The Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes as federal health officials call for restrictions to combat an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease that has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar told reporters Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration is currently finalizing its guidance to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market. Vaping companies like Juul have been criticized for hooking children on e-cigarettes with their fruity flavors like mango and creme. The surge in underaged vaping, which U.S. health officials have labeled as an “epidemic,” is one of the reasons why they plan to ban them — at least until the FDA can thoroughly review their safety, Azar said after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on the issue.
Nearly three dozen of those cases are in New York state, and investigators there say they are now zeroing in on vitamin E as a possible culprit. Health officials say state lab tests detected high levels of vitamin E in cartridges of cannabis vaping products used by people who vaped and suffered serious lung damage.
“At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing,” according to a statement from the New York State Department of Health.
Michigan is the first state to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes in a move the governor says will curb teen vaping.
WISCONSIN (WFRV) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says an investigation of lung disease among people who reported vaping shows a majority of the patients claim they inhaled THC products.
Officials say 89 percent of the 27 cases investigated show patients reported inhaling THC products such as waves and oils via e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.
DHS says they continue to investigate all possible causes and say the connection to THC products is based on interviews with cases. They add the agency is working with the FDA to determine the contents of used vaping products.
The study, published today (Aug. 26) in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders in Arizona. The researchers found that one-third of participants said they had used marijuana, and nearly a quarter said they had used marijuana concentrates at least once in their lives.
Marijuana concentrates are substances with very high levels of THC(tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for the drug’s intoxicating effects. Sometimes known as “butane hash oil,” “dab,” “wax,” “crumble” or “shatter,” these concentrates typically contain three times more THC than does the dried marijuana flower.
North Huntingdon has joined other communities and school districts in Westmoreland County in banning the use of tobacco products from the township’s public parks, playing fields and playgrounds.
Patient dies from severe respiratory illness, possibly from vaping
Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer. The singer known for such hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” says his fate is in “God’s hands.”Money’s comments appear in a video released Saturday from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.” The full episode airs Sept. 12.
In the video, Money says he discovered he had cancer after what he thought was a routine checkup.
“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” a Court spokesperson said in a statement. “Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. No further treatment is needed at this time.”An abnormality was detected in early July during a routine blood test, and a subsequent biopsy revealed the tumor.
Microplastics are increasingly found in drinking water, but there is no evidence so far that this poses a risk to humans, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization.
However, the United Nations body warned against complacency because more research is needed to fully understand how plastic spreads into the environment and works its way through human bodies.
There is no universally agreed definition of microplastics but they are generally considered to be smaller than half a millimetre across.
Despite the injury, the majority leader has remained active, speaking to President Donald Trump and his fellow senators about possible action to curb gun violence when Congress returns from its August recess.
As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products.
No deaths have been reported. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury.
Cases have been reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. Officials in New York, California and Indiana have been looking into similar reports, too.
Health officials have only been counting certain lung illnesses in which the person had vaped within three months. Most are teens, but some adult cases have also been reported.
No single vaping device or liquid is associated with the illnesses.