Lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes
To become inhalable, the nicotine / other chemicals dissolved in the solvents or oils must be vaporised. It now appears that some of the oil droplets may re-condense as the liquid cools. Inhaling these droplets may be the cause of breathing problems and lung inflammation. Note: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil, the active ingredient in marijuana is also vaped.
The US CDC said in a statement that many of the people in their investigation had used products containing THC, while others had used a combination of nicotine and THC. A smaller group reported using only nicotine products.
Lung Illness Symptoms
• Patients in the CDC investigation have reported symptoms such as:
- cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- fatigue, fever, or weight loss
• Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks.