PA Department of Health warns against vaping illegally obtained products
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning residents about the dangers of vaping illegally obtained products.
According to the release, cases of e-cigarette-related lung injuries in the state have increased.
The Department of Health warns that illegally obtained unregulated products could increase the risk of illness or lung injury.
"One of the largest concerns with vaping is that we do not know many of the chemicals and additives contained in the products," says Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
Dr. Levine says initial findings show that Pennsylvania residents were vaping illicit products, primarily marijuana and other unregulated products with THC.
According to the release, Pennsylvania has 17 suspected cases and around 30 additional cases that are being investigated.
Each of the people in these cases was hospitalized and suffered serious lung injuries.
Many of those cases have been males in their mid-20s.
Signs of potential lung injury include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
Anyone showing these symptoms should see a health care provider.