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Vaping-related illnesses in Alabama

According to the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, as of December 4, 2019, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has 12 cases of lung disease associated ...

According to the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, as of December 4, 2019, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has 12 cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. The 12 cases will be included in the CDC national counts.

ADPH is joining other state health departments in requesting health care providers to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overall, 152 different THC-containing product brands were reported by EVALI (E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury) patients.

They say that Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products of unknown origin, was the most commonly reported product brand used by patients nationwide, although there are regional differences. While Dank Vapes was most commonly reported in the Northeast and South, TKO and Smart Cart brands were more commonly reported by patients in the West and Rove was more common in the Midwest.

The data further supports that EVALI is associated with THC-containing products and that it is not likely associated with a single THC-containing product brand.

CDC recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers. In addition, people should not add any substances to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments.

Click here to read the CDC’s complete report.

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