The Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services said on Thursday that THC products like oils or waxes were involved in nearly 9 in 10 cases in which vaping resulted in people getting chronic lung diseases. It has been said by the health officials that out of the 27 people whom they interviewed, 89% of them had become ill by the use of e-cigarettes or other such vaping devices through which THC was inhaled by them. THC is a psychoactive component of marijuana.
Andrea Palm, the Secretary-designee of the Department of Health Services said that the THC containing vaping cartridges may contain unknown, unsafe and unregulated chemicals or additives and she said that they strongly advice people not to do vaping. Despite this finding, the health officials are still investigating on all the possible causes as to why chemical pneumonia or severe chemical pneumonitis are making more and more people ill. The officials have said that the inhalation of the irritants resulted in an inflammation of the lungs. Health officials have also said that they are working with FDA to find out the contents of the vaping products used by the people.
So far no deaths have been reported in Wisconsin but one death has been reported in Illinois last week which was related to vaping. The health officials of Wisconsin has said that the ongoing investigation is a complex one and also said that the investigators are working on finding out information about the products that were used by the people, collecting of the products for performing their testing as well as the investigation of new cases. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 200 vaping related illness was reported in 22 states in the country. As part of their investigation, new patients are being interviewed by the health officials.
There have been 32 cases reported so far in the department, out of which 11 patients required further investigation to find the cause of the illness. All those patients who were ill had reported vaping either in the weeks prior to it or months prior to it. Shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, weight loss and coughing are some of the symptoms of the disease.