HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - As the Food and Drug Administration moves to ban flavored additives to e-cigarettes, Pennsylvania health officials have put out a new report on vaping injuries.
State health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says PA has 17 suspected cases with nearly 30 more cases that are being investigated.
Some symptoms of a potential lung injury due to vaping include: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss.
Dr. Levine says most of the patients are male with an average age in the mid 20’s.
She suspects most were vaping illicit products, primarily recreation marijuana or other products with THC.
“It is essential that people who use-cigarettes heed this warning as their life could be at risk,” said Dr. Levine.
None of the injuries are associated with PA’s regulated medical marijuana program.