Monday, September 9, 2019

"vaping is 'absolutely rampant'”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"While marketed as an alternative to cigarettes, vaping may not be as safe as originally thought. 
As of Friday, Sept. 6, at least five people have died, and many others have been sickened this summer from a “mysterious lung illness” linked to vaping, underscoring what many health officials have believed and warned about for years. 
More than 450 cases of respiratory illnesses resulting in coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting or fatigue have been reported in 33 states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these cases could be linked to vaping. For some patients, symptoms developed over a few days. Others say it took weeks. 
The issue is so alarming, it prompted the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to contact health officials at the end of August, asking them to report any health problems they think could be linked to vaping, in an effort to compile enough data to figure out if there’s a big problem."
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