USA: Deaths from lung problems? Vaping is not responsible!

USA: Deaths from lung problems? Vaping is not responsible!

This is clearly the bad buzz around the vape raging for a few days now. Cases of lung problems that have been increasing for several weeks in the United States but according to the first elements, vaping is not responsible, it is a misuse of the e-cigarette that could explain them.


Cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. These are the symptoms of mysterious pulmonary problems that appeared in the United States, which have already killed one in late August in Illinois.

Federal health authorities have identified 193 cases, through 22 states. The patients are teenagers and adults who are vaping enthusiasts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to doctors, the disease is like a reaction of the lungs to the inhalation of a caustic substance.

In response, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, asked its residents this week to stop vaping. The CDC wanted to be more cautious about the link between the disease and the e-cigarette. " We do not know if they have the same cause, or if they correspond to different diseases that are presented in the same way Their infectious disease manager said.

"It is not vaping that is questioned, but the way" - Jean-Pierre Couteron

Jean-Pierre Couteron - Addiction Federation

For the spokesperson of Addiction Federation, a network of associations he chaired from 2011 to 2018, " favorable to vaping as a tool to get out of smoking The problem is not the e-cigarette but the use that can be made of it.

« Some vapers manufacture themselves their liquids, in the fashion of do it yourself ", Regrets Jean-Pierre Couteron. For the psychologist, the consumers then take the risk of using liquids of poor quality or unfit for inhalation. " What can trigger health problems "He says," Do not play the little chemist. ».

In the United States, health authorities are trying to find and the products used by patients, and whether they have been consumed as intended or mixed with other substances. Substances that the president of the American Vape Association has not hesitated to blame, claiming to be "confident" that cannabis was the cause of the disease.

Several states have actually announced that some of the affected patients had used their electronic cigarette to inhale liquids containing THC - tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active molecule of cannabis.

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