Good morning all,
As a follow-up to the news article I last sent, here are a couple of updates on this developing story:
Severe illness and unexplained deaths associated with vaping have continued to occur, and, while no definitive cause has been identified, the majority of cases seem to be linked to the inhalation of vaping substances that are coating or irritating the lining of the lungs, preventing proper gas exchange. Vaping materials often have additives, such as flavorings or oils, that are the prime target. A number of persons suffering respiratory distress after vaping seem to have oils lining their lung surface. As one researcher put it, 'The lungs are designed to encounter gases only. Inhalation of other substances is inherently risky'.
I understand that vaping is quite popular, and I worry (a lot) about how dangerous it is. It is trendy and new, but not well regulated, and too recent to have been well studied. I suspect there will be much more news on this topic, and likely soon many more regulations about what can or cannot be included in vaping materials. I hope that you do not vape - but if you choose to do so, please be informed, for your own safety.