Mysterious Lung Disease Deaths Linked to E-Cigarettes

  • Since the end of June, about 200 people in the United States have developed a mysterious lung disease.
  • Oregon health officials said that most of the patients were originally very healthy, but their physical condition suddenly turned sharply.
  • Experts still don't know the cause of the disease, but the patients have one thing in common: they all have the habit of smoking electronic cigarettes.

According to the Oregon Department of Public Health, one person has died of severe lung disease. Officials received reports that the deceased had used e-cigarettes prior to his death, and suspect it may be related. His death is very similar to other cases.

Since the end of June, about 200 people in the United States have developed a mysterious lung disease. Experts are unable to determine the cause, but they suspect it to be related to using electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many of them use THC, a substance commonly found in cannabis.

An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking by providing some of the behavioral aspects of smoking, including the hand-to-mouth action of smoking, but without burning tobacco. Using an e-cigarette is known as “vaping” and the user is referred to as a “vaper.”

Oregon health officials said that most of the patients were originally very healthy, but their physical condition suddenly turned sharply. The Washington Post reported that patients who bought e-cigarettes containing marijuana were associated with the vitamin E content of acetic acid in e-cigarettes.

Organizations promoting e-cigarettes in the United States believe that these patients are all smoking e-cigarettes containing THC, but health officials believe that similar cases are likely to have occurred long ago, but they did not attribute the cause of the disease to e-cigarettes.

What diseases have these people suffered?

Experts still don’t know the cause of the disease.

The patients’ symptoms include coughing, wheezing, fatigue, and some people have vomited or developed diarrhea. There is currently no evidence that the disease is transmitted through a virus or bacteria. U.S. health officials have begun testing their e-cigarette samples to see if there are any harmful substances.

Governments around the world have different regulations on e-cigarettes. Singapore has completely banned the use of electronic cigarettes last year, and Hong Kong and Taiwan are still discussing the relevant bills.

A report from Public Health England in February last year suggested that e-cigarettes have less health damage than regular cigarettes. It is also recommended that smokers should use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. But some scholars later thought that this statement was wrong.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. THC is specifically still listed under Schedule I by US federal law under the Controlled Substances Act for having “no accepted medical use” and “lack of accepted safety”.

In the United States, in addition to general electronic cigarettes, the public can also buy some electronic cigarettes containing THC (a substance common in cannabis) on the black market. According to the American Vaping Association, these recent cases of severe lung disease are caused by electronic cigarettes containing THC, but Brian King, a doctor at the CDC, points out that the outside world should not think electronic cigarettes are completely harmless.

“It has been confirmed that there are many harmful substances in the electronic cigarette, including lead, very small suspended chemicals, and carcinogenic substances.” He pointed out that electronic cigarettes also contain diacetyl, a substance that can cause “severe respiratory disease.” Ryan King also pointed out that severe lung disease caused by e-cigarettes may have occurred for a long time.

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