Respiratory illness related to vaping claims first life in U.S.; Canadian health officials watching situation closely
|globalnews.ca 24 Aug 2019 at 11:55|
The Illinois Department of Public Health has not revealed the patient’s gender, age or even how the patient died. The death comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigates 193 cases of severe lung illness across 22 states. In all cases, the CDC says patients reported using e-cigarette products or “vaping”
Seventeen-year-old Tryston Zohfeld of Aledo, Texas, spent ten days on life support earlier this summer after his lungs began to fail.
“I could just feel my heart pounding out of my chest, going a hundred miles an hour,” Zohfeld said.
The teenager was otherwise healthy, though he says he began vaping a few years ago when he was in the eighth grade.
“I think the day they intubated him was probably the worst day of my life,” Zohfeld’s father Matt recalls. “They did the X-ray and it was completely cloudy, all the way through his lungs.”
“There are thoughts that (some of the patients) may have been vaping THC and so there are contaminants, for example fungicides that are used that when you vape them can release really toxic chemicals.”
The CDC says its working with State Departments of Health to test patient specimens and e-cigarette products for possible contamination.