On Tuesday, California health officials warned people to stop vaping without delay, following in the footsteps of a thriving group of health experts issuing warning about the use of e-cigarettes. The move comes after reports of severe vaping-related lung illness surfaced.
Across the nation, hundreds of people have been hospitalized in a span of a few months with serious lung conditions. All of these cases are related to vaping, both THC and nicotine.
An alarming number of 90 people have been hospitalized and two deaths have been reported due to vaping and vaping products in California, officials confirmed.
In a statement, Dr. Charity who is a Dean, California’s acting public health officer said: “We are seeing something that we have not seen before.”
“There are numerous unknown factors at this time, and due to the uncertainty of the exact cause, it is our recommendation that consumers refrain from vaping until the investigation has concluded,” he added.
Liquid cartridge found in e-cigarettes usually contains THC or nicotine. When heated, it transforms into vapor which is then inhaled by the user. If the recent epidemic is anything to go by, one of the ingredients in the liquid, which could be oil, mixed in, has been making its way into the lungs of vapers and causing severe damage, experts say.
Gov. Newsom said in a statement Tuesday, “People are getting sick and some are dying as a result of vaping, Californians are encouraged to stop vaping until health officials fully understand what’s causing this public health crisis.”
In a statement, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network L.A. Government Relations Director Primo Castro said, “Make no mistake — the industry shamelessly tries to maximize profits while its customers suffer death and disease, and local taxpayers continue to foot the bill for tobacco-related illnesses.”