4 cases of vaping-related, severe lung injuries confirmed in Oklahoma, health officials say

>> WE HAVE BEEN CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE LATEST VAPING HEADLINES. MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IS ALARMING. HUNDREDS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, SEVEN DEATHS. JOINING ME FOR HER TAKE IS DR. AMANDA — WHO HAS BEEN STUDYING VAPING IN ADOLESCENCE AND YOUNG CHILDREN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. >> WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THE NUMBERS WE ARE SEEING ROLE IN ON ALMOST A DAILY BASIS SEEM STAGGERING. DOES IT SURPRISE YOU? >> I THINK WE ARE BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL AS FOLLOWS THE WHOLE EPIDEMIC OF VAPING. I THINK IT GOT PUSHED ASIDE. NOW WE ARE STARTING TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. WE ARE SEEING PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY SICK. KIDS GETTING SICK WHO SHOULDN’T BE SICK. WE ARE STARTING TO PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. >> WE HAVE TOUTED FOR SO LONG THAT VAPING IS THE HEALTHY LAWYER — HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING. IS THAT THE CASE, OR ARE 30 YEARS FROM NOW WE ARE GOING TO SAY VAPING WAS JUST AS BAD AS CIGARETTES. >> THE WHOLE PREMISE OF VAPING ORIGINALLY WAS TO GET PEOPLE OFF OF CIGARETTES. THAT WOULD HELP THEM TRANSITION INTO NO NICOTINE AT ALL. WHAT WE ARE FINDING IS THAT VAPING POTS WILL — PODS WILL HAVE MORE NICOTINE THAN A TRADITIONAL CIGARETTE. THEY ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL CHEMICALS IN IT THAT IS HARMFUL TO THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE DID NOT EXPECT. >> IN YOUR RESEARCH, YOU ARE DOING TWO DIFFERENT STUDIES. ONE IN ADOLESCENCE, AND ALSO YOUNG KIDS. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN FINDING? >> CLEAR IN THE PRELIMINARY STAGES. WE ARE LOOKING AT PRIMARY EXPOSURE, MEANING THE ADOLESCENT IS USING THE DEVICE, WATCHING THEM COME THROUGH THE EER WITH ASTHMA, COUGHS, AND SEEING IF THERE’S A CORRELATION. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT SECONDARY EXPOSURE. THAT IS KIDS WHO ARE STUCK IN THE HOME. THE KIDS FROM SIX MONTHS TO THREE OR FOUR YEARS WHO DO NOT GO TO DAYCARE AND ARE STUCK IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CANNOT REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM VAPERS. >> SECONDHAND EXPOSURE? NOT JUST FOR KIDS? >> THERE IS ALSO WHAT WE THINK IS TERTIARY EXPOSURE. THE VAPED SMOKE SETTLES ON COUNTERTOPS AND IT STAYS THERE FOR LONGER THAN WE EXPECTED. >> IS THAT WORSE THAN SECONDHAND SMOKING IS? >> WE DO NOT KNOW THE LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM EVENTS. WE DO HAVE NICOTINE EXPOSURE TO THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN IS HARMFUL AND AFFECTS MEMORY PROBLEMS. THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE FETUS AS WELL. >> PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VAPING FOR A WHILE. WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN REHABS — HAVE WE SEEN THIS RASH OF HOSPITALIZATIONS? WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS YEAR? >> I THINK THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY FINALLY STARTED ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. WHEN YOU SEE A HEALTHY ADOLESCENT COME IN IN PULMONARY EDEMA, OR COMPLETELY FINE ONE MINUTE, AND THEN COUGHING AND DISTRESSED THE NEXT. YOU START ASKING, WHAT IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR? IF YOU START ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS LIKE WELL, WHAT IS NEW? WE ARE STARTING TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. >> IF I FAMILY CAME TO YOU AND THEY HAD A TEAM — TEEN WHO WAS VAPING, HOW WOULD YOU ADVISE THAT FAMILY? >> I WOULD SAY YOU HAVE TO STOP. WE NEED TO DO MORE. WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM RESOURCES. NICOTINE IS ADDICTIVE. WE KNOW THAT ADOLESCENT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS ARE MUCH MORE SEVERE AND OCCUR MUCH QUICKER AND SOONER. I DO NOT THINK IT IS ENOUGH JUST TO TELL THEM TO QUIT. WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM RESOURCES. AND WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THEY DO TRY TO COMPLETELY STOP VAPING. >> REMEMBER BACK TO WHEN WE WERE 18, — WE WERE EIGHT TEEN, WE DID NOT WANT TO LISTEN TO MOM AND DAD. WHERE DO YOU TURN? IF YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR TEAM LET’S GET HELP. >> YOUR PEDIATRICIAN. WE AS A PEDIATRICIAN GROUP ARE HAVING TO EDUCATE OURSELVES ABOUT VAPING. IT IS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC THAT WE WERE NOT EXPECTING. ? SHOULD IT BE ILLEGAL? T. BOONE PICKENS T. BOONE PICKENS >> I THINK IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. IT CONTAINS AN ADDICTIVE DRUG THAT WE KNOW HAS SHORT AND LONG-TERM SIGNIFICANT SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDING DEAT

4 cases of vaping-related, severe lung injuries confirmed in Oklahoma, health officials say

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday there have been four confirmed cases of severe lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes use or vaping in our state.According to the Health Department, the state’s first case of vaping-related lung injury was reported on Sept. 26 in Tulsa County. Since then, three new cases were reported between Sept. 26 and Wednesday.One patient is under the age of 18, two are 18-34 years old and the fourth one is 35 years or older. Two of the cases are reported in Oklahoma County, one in Tulsa County and another one in northeast Oklahoma. Symptoms included shortness of breath, fever, cough, chest pain, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, health officials said.Health officials advise strongly against buying e-cigarette and vaping products off the street and modifying products or adding substances not intended by the manufacturer. At no time are e-cigarette or vaping products recommended for use by youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products, officials with the Health Department said.According to health officials, there have been 805 cases of lung injury reported from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states.Click here to learn more.

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday there have been four confirmed cases of severe lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes use or vaping in our state.

According to the Health Department, the state’s first case of vaping-related lung injury was reported on Sept. 26 in Tulsa County. Since then, three new cases were reported between Sept. 26 and Wednesday.

One patient is under the age of 18, two are 18-34 years old and the fourth one is 35 years or older.

Two of the cases are reported in Oklahoma County, one in Tulsa County and another one in northeast Oklahoma.

Symptoms included shortness of breath, fever, cough, chest pain, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, health officials said.

Health officials advise strongly against buying e-cigarette and vaping products off the street and modifying products or adding substances not intended by the manufacturer. At no time are e-cigarette or vaping products recommended for use by youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products, officials with the Health Department said.

According to health officials, there have been 805 cases of lung injury reported from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states.

Click here to learn more.