CDC, FDA report 215 cases of respiratory illness possibly tied to vaping

A man smokes an e-cigarette

But Chapman says doctors still don't know whether the patients will be able to return to their baseline lung function since using e-cigarettes.

Scientists and researchers haven't pinpointed what is "causing this kind of toxic injury to the lung", she says, made hard by the increase of home-grown vaping products, which may include more nicotine, THC, or even be nicotine-free. While CBD is allowed in certain medical cases, you can't legally buy THC products in this state for medical purposes or otherwise, meaning that anyone who is vaping THC in Wisconsin bought it illegally.

Officials with the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) said in a statement Wednesday 16 people have been hospitalized with chemical pneumonia - "inflammation of the lungs due to aspiration or inhalation of irritants", according to the MDH - after they vaped nicotine or marijuana.

While the Department of Health Services continues to investigate all possible causes, residents are being strongly encouraged to not utilize any THC products containing e-liquid. As of Thursday, state health officials said there were 32 ongoing cases, including 11 that are still under investigation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating all of these cases.

Nationally, over 200 suspected cases have been reported in 22 states.

DHS says that 89% of the 27 people they interviewed who became sick reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating what may be behind the illnesses, though a specific product has not yet been identified.

This is incredibly important for a couple of reasons, but the biggest red flag is that THC, as an active ingredient in marijuana-based products, is a controlled substance that is still illegal in Wisconsin.

The CDC issued a health advisory Friday on "severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products". However, there's a serious lack of information available about what kinds of products the affected individuals were using, and it's leading to what may be an unwarranted panic.

So far, no deaths have been reported.

Last year, the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome Adams, declared vaping among American teens an "epidemic".

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