Tag: Respiratory Diseases

Our Lives Are on the Line

HOUSTON — While families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving with their loved ones, more than 50,000 people in Port Neches, Tex., were forced to evacuate from their homes and spend the holiday in makeshift shelters. The reason? Two explosions at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant sent flames into the sky, injured eight people, and released […]

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After Deaths, Ban on Flavored Vapes to Be Passed by New York City

The New York City Council — in spite of a determined lobbying effort by the vaping industry — agreed on Thursday to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid heightened concerns about the use of such products. The ban, which would cover all flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquid vaping products, including ones that are menthol flavored, would make New […]

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The Cowardice Behind Trump’s Vaping-Ban Retreat

Is there any limit to the Trump administration’s willingness to endanger public health and safety for political purposes? First, it weakened environmental protection standards, despite clear evidence that the air we breathe is irreparably harming us and our children. Then it formally left the Paris Agreement on climate change, despite its being the only available […]

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Something in the Man’s Bed Was Making Him Sick

As the chill of the Scottish autumn set in, a 43-year-old man went to see a family doctor in 2016. For about the last three months, he was constantly tired and out of breath. The physician at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland thought the patient — who worked a desk job and didn’t smoke […]

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Apple to Ban Vaping Apps From Its Store

Apple said on Friday that it would ban vaping apps from its online store, affecting 181 apps in total. “We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps,” Apple said in a statement. Apple said health authorities “have attributed a variety of lung injuries […]

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Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide

The health effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed and children will be among those especially harmed, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. The report compared human health consequences under two scenarios: one in which the world meets the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement and reins in […]

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Plague Is Diagnosed in China, Prompting Fears of an Outbreak

BEIJING — Two people in China were diagnosed with plague, setting off a panic on Tuesday about the potential spread of the highly infectious and fatal disease and prompting China’s government to warn citizens to take precautions to protect themselves. Beijing officials said the two infected people came from Inner Mongolia, a sparsely populated region […]

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Banning E-Cigarettes Could Do More Harm Than Good

The nation is facing two distinct vaping-related health crises: surging e-cigarette use among teenagers and a lung-injury outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people and killed at least 40. Both have exposed yawning gaps in the nation’s public health apparatus. But instead of closing those gaps, policymakers have turned to a much more straightforward […]

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Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says

Vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to THC-based products, has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in the vaping-related lung injuries that have sickened 2,051 people and killed more than three dozen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. But the agency left open the possibility that other chemicals or toxins […]

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Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, a divisive debate has raged in the United States over the health consequences of nicotine e-cigarettes. During the same time, vaping of a more contentious substance has been swiftly growing, with scant notice from public health officials. Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes filled with […]

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A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping

Gregory Rodriguez thought he had the flu when he went to the emergency room on Sept. 18, feeling feverish, nauseated and short of breath. He woke up four days later in a different hospital, with a tube down his throat connecting him to a ventilator, and two more tubes in his neck and groin, running […]

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Asbestos Kills Nearly 40,000 Americans a Year. Ban It.

Like the varmints in an old western movie, some rattlesnakes just won’t stay dead. We thought we had relieved America of a death-dealing substance, asbestos, but it keeps finding its way into lungs with the aid of an accomplice. This time asbestos’ friend is the Environmental Protection Agency. The same E.P.A. that created the rules […]

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Helping Teenagers Quit Vaping

For many years, my lead-in question with adolescents, after I asked the parent to leave the room at pediatric appointments, was whether the kid had ever tried smoking cigarettes. It made a reasonable lead-in because it felt less highly charged than asking about marijuana or other substances, and in recent decades, the answer was very […]

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He Tried E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking. Doctors Say Vaping Led to His Death.

OMAHA — In the spring, Kathleen Fimple buried her husband, John, and by the fall, she had reluctantly settled into her new life as a widow. She accepted what the doctors told her: that he had died at 68 from respiratory failure and pulmonary disease after years of smoking cigarettes, coupled with a bout of […]

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Vaping Illnesses Keep Climbing Upward, Nearing 1,300

The outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping grew by more than 200 cases in a week, now totaling 1299, , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. Twenty-seven people have died from vaping-related illnesses, health officials said. The figures mean that 219 new cases and seven new deaths were reported. Cases […]

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17-Year-Old May Be First Teen Vaping Death in U.S.

A 17-year-old Bronx boy whose death was disclosed by New York State officials on Tuesday appears to be the youngest person in the United States to die of a vaping-related respiratory illness. The teenager died on Friday after being hospitalized twice in September with a vaping-related illness, becoming the state’s first fatality from the mysterious […]

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Hot Tub Displays at State Fair Eyed as Link to Legionnares’ Disease Outbreak

The hot tub exhibits at a state fair might be to blame for North Carolina’s recent outbreak of Legionnares’ disease and Pontiac fever, which sickened more than 100 people and killed at least one, health officials said. Visitors to the N.C. Mountain State Fair who developed the lung infections were more likely to have walked […]

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Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says

The lung damage seen in some people who have become ill after vaping nicotine or marijuana products resembles a chemical burn, doctors from the Mayo Clinic reported on Wednesday. Their findings are based on samples of lung tissue from 17 patients around the country whose biopsy specimens were sent to Mayo to be examined under […]

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Asthma 3-in-1 Therapy May Improve Lung Function, Study Shows

Many people with asthma use inhalers to control the chronic inflammation in their lungs. But for those with more severe forms of the disease, the standard inhaled medication may not be enough to keep the wheezing, chest tightness and attacks at bay. Now, a new combination-therapy — using three drugs in a single inhaler — […]

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Police Crack Down on Vaping, Surfacing Stockpiles of Illicit Cartridges

The tip came to Minnesota police officers in July via a confidential informant: In a suburb in Anoka County, the informant said, a man had been quietly selling thousands of vaping cartridges laced with marijuana from his home. When authorities entered the man’s condominium last week, they found a staggeringly large stash of vaping cartridges, […]

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Dank Vapes, TKO and Other THC Vaping Brands Linked to Illnesses, C.D.C. Says

Vaping cartridges containing THC and labeled “Dank Vapes,” as well as some other illicit brands, are linked to the severe lung disease that has recently emerged among people who use vaping devices and e-cigarettes to inhale THC or nicotine, or both, health officials said on Friday. But they also said Dank Vapes appeared to be […]

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Massachusetts Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All Vaping Products

Massachusetts on Tuesday went further than any other state in trying to keep e-cigarettes out of consumers’ hands, with its governor declaring a public health emergency and ordering a four-month prohibition on the sale of all vaping products. Hours later, Juul Labs, the e-cigarette company that has become synonymous with vaping, said that it had […]

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