CDC: Cases of Vaping-Related Illnesses Are Increasing

Taylor Meek, A&E Editor

Researchers are still searching for the reason vaping is causing severe lung illnesses.

“On Tuesday, a 50-year-old Kansas City woman died from a vape related illness,” NBC News reported.

Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment told NBC,  “She had some underlying medical illnesses, but nothing that would have foretold the fact that within a week after starting to use e-cigarettes for the first time, she developed full-blown acute respiratory distress syndrome and died.”

Respiratory issues are one of the most common effects of using any type of vaping device.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There have been 380 confirmed and probable cases of the severe breathing illnesses among people who vape.”

Patients’ lungs looked abnormal when scanned. Early symptoms of the disease include a cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, nausea and abdominal pain, the CDC reported. Some needed breathing support ranging from oxygen to being put on a ventilator.

When it comes to the negative effects vaping has on health, people of all ages can be affected. Children as young as 11 are vaping.

Hazelwood Central High senior Kosse Bryant said he knows someone who vapes who is 13 years old.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 17.3 percent of 8th grade students have vaped in the past year, 32.3 percent of 10th grade students have and 37.3 percent of 12th grade students have.

According to NBC, doctors have not been able to point blame at just one product causing the illnesses because many of the ill have told doctors they had been using more than one product.

The CDC suggested not using any type of e-cigarettes or other related devices until the source of the illnesses is found.