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9 vapers diagnosed with 'severe lung disease'

Following public disclosure of the initial cases, other similar unexpected reports of severe lung injury in vapers continue to roll in.

Anyone who is using vaping products and has respiratory symptoms should stop using the product and consult a healthcare provider.

NY state health officials released their own warning on Friday, confirming 11 reported cases of lung disease among patients who used vaping products.

"It's being investigated locally as well as state health departments," she said. At the same time, Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health spoke to reporters about the situation in Wisconsin.

E-cigarette use among teenagers is considered a health epidemic by the Food and Drug Administration.

They are also tricky to track, experts say, because vaping-related lung disease is not a mandatory condition to report.

"We haven't had the kind of history with vaping to be able to convince anyone – teens included – that this is a safe practice," said Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children's Minnesota, a health system headquartered in Minneapolis that has cared for four teens with the disease, ages 16 to 18.

The patients showed respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Dylan Nelson, a 26-year-old Wisconsin man, went to see a doctor when he first became ill. "It's new that we're recognizing it," she said. In 2018, more than 3.6 million USA middle- and high-school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to the CDC.

A report published by CNN states that 15 cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin, 10 in IL, and 19 in California. Lung disease presents something of a mystery and has been associated with the use of vaping and e-cigarettes in 14 states.

He was rallied and released from the hospital late last month.

Health officials in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah also said they were aware of confirmed or potential cases.

Vaping is associated with lung disease; so much so that the New York State Department of Health has now issued an advisory alert to doctors and hospitals about the association.

Wisconsin officials did not know the names of the products the sick people had vaped, but added they could include several substances, including nicotine and THC – the main active chemical in marijuana.

"We're all very concerned about this, and I think it's very important that parents and youth educate themselves on these tobacco products," Powers said.

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