Health officials retaliated on applications vaping is responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness in the United States and have reassured the public that regulated products continue to be safe to use.
Experts intervened to calm public concern after some media reported there were six deaths and 450 cases of severe respiratory disease, considered related to vaping in 33 American states.
The patients were reported as most young people with symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, fever, fatigue and vomiting.
Among the hospitalized, many admitted to vaping a variety of substances, including marijuana products and do-it-yourself manufactures, non-regulated products.
US investigators have yet to determine the exact cause, but samples taken from patients in the state showed high levels of vitamin E acetate, used as a thickening agent in the black market, which is commonly used to vape cannabis products.
In light of the news, the administration of the Government of the United States Food and Beverage (FDA) advised the public to stop vaping specifically THC, the compound in marijuana that produces a “high”.
While some US states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults and medicinal, products oversee the central government FDA does not regulate, meaning the black market became flooded.
The FDA has also advised the public that cannabis Vape products purchased on the streets are untested, unregulated and may be contaminated Centers for Disease Control and (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services social (HHS).
Authorities also warned against those who possess illegal Vape cartridges discard them immediately.
Health experts in both the US and UK have also intervened to reassure regular users vape not be concerned about the use of regulated products Vaping – and reiterated the concern is more with substances and illegal practices.
former leader, Dr. Scott Gottlieb said earlier this week, the US government had put a lot of work from the FDA so that users buy Vape regulated products are safe.
He wrote on Twitter: “Legal hazes were subject to regulation by the FDA since August 2017. The FDA has conducted thousands of inspections of manufacturers and stores Vape published manufacturing guidelines, the transfer of products Wanted, etc. These tragedies underscore fried illegal and THC. ”
He added that health officials can “target imports and conduct blitzes in international mail facilities to try to capture, close fried and more illegal and counterfeit source of certain hazardous materials.
“There are already published lists of FDA hazardous ingredients known for. ”
Vapers UK were also reassured by a government agency for public health in England – which has already reported 95 vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes – it’s safe to vape, as it is to a reliable source.
Martin Dockrell, head of the PHE to fight smoking, advised all vapers use e-cigarettes products and vape strictly regulated, saying: “A full investigation is not yet available but we’ve heard that most of these cases were presented to persons using illicit fluid vaping purchased in the streets or house, some containing cannabis products, such as THC or synthetic cannabinoids like Spice.
He added: “Our advice remains that e-cigarettes are a fraction of the risk of smoking, and using it is much more likely that you will successfully stop than relying on willpower alone.
“But it is important to use electronic liquid UK regulated and may not vaping e-liquid homemade or illegal or adding substances, any of which could be harmful. ”
Professor Linda Bauld, a public health expert at the University of Edinburgh, was also quoted in the British newspaper The Guardian, saying: “It seems highly unlikely that the widely available nicotine containing vaping products, especially the regulated kind in Europe, are at the origin of these cases.
“All evidence to date suggests that vaping illicit marijuana products (THC oils) are the cause. In particular, a compound called tocopherol acetate may be the culprit “.
the US government’s Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), which undertakes the investigation, and the American Medical Association (AMA) urging consumers to avoid vaping quite, also came under fire.
Gregory Conley, president of the American Association vaping, criticized WADA for “fear mongering about vaping nicotine products” and not to mention “the very real risks of illegal THC vaping products.”
Critics are also concerned about the CDC Cover advice serves more than one instruction smokers to keep smoking tobacco as helping to prevent further admissions of those vaping products THC black market.
public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel, a physician leader and researcher at Boston University Public Health School called “irresponsible”, adding: “There are millions of people who vaping e-liquids nicotine and it would not be prudent these millions of people start smoking in order to avoid the risk of this “unknown” and the state of health “mysterious”.
“And with these vague advice, no one can change their behavior because they are not warned against any individual, identifiable risk”.
Public Health England said that electronic cigarettes are a “smoking risk fraction” and vapers advise taking the right choices when vaping such as buying from a reputable source and ensure that they are properly regulated products .