A few months ago, we told you about the epidemic of an unknown disease among smokers of electronic cigarettes, is recorded on the territory of the United States of America, and that lung injury victims resemble chemical burns. To date, the number of patients exceeded two thousand people, and the number of fatalities is at least 40. According to the Center for control and prevention of diseases (CDC), the researchers were able to establish the cause of the mysterious disease. In samples of fluid of the lungs of patients was discovered a compound called acetate of vitamin E. But questions remains much.
What is known about the mysterious illness?
The first isolated cases of a mysterious disease of the patients was recorded in Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA). Patients complained of shortness of breath, chest pain and nausea and the doctors found fluid in the lungs affected. The condition of some patients were so heavy that they were in intensive care. Currently in Wisconsin, there are about 87 confirmed cases. As reported by international news Agency Associated Press, on a national scale the situation is even worse: sick already more than 2000 people died and 40. Reaction to the growing epidemic was immediate, as the Agency of health has done everything possible to people avoiding all kinds of electronic cigarettes. The events came thick and fast and nobody knew what to expect. The situation scared everyone, especially after it became clear that lung injury in patients resemble damage from chemical burns.
Further studies revealed the link between Smoking liquid with THC via an electronic cigarette and a mysterious illness. Recall that THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Scientists have found that the cartridges for electronic cigarettes on the black market was probably filled with THC oil, which is often mixed with chemicals such as the acetate of vitamin E. Even before it was known about the presence of heavy metals in liquids for vaping. But it is not only illegal cartridges. Many patients have reported that Smoking e-liquid for electronic cigarettes, which contain only nicotine.
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Mystery disease still eludes us
A compound called acetate of vitamin E was detected in all 29 samples of the fluid of the lungs, obtained from patients. The CDC told The Washington Postthat the researchers searched a wide range of other toxins and hazardous compounds, however, have not found anything in these particular samples. Note that the first acetate vitamin E was identified as a possible cause of the disease back in September. Despite the fact that the composition of the liquid THC on the black market is considered safe for use, scientists do not understand what is the harm to human health able to cause the evaporated acetate is vitamin E by inhalation. However, this connection does not serve as the final explanation for the mysterious disease. However, even if the state of smokers there are other factors, knowledge about what health problems can cause inhalation of the compound of acetate of vitamin E can help prevent the further spread of the outbreak of the deadly disease.
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Note that according to the world health organization (who), diseases caused by Smoking annually kill more than seven million people. As recently stated by the who Director-General, Smoking contributes to poverty and reduced economic productivity. And if the harm to health from Smoking regular cigarettes to doctors and scientists all thoroughly aware that Smoking electronic cigarettes, especially at a young age is fraught with serious consequences, some of which we don’t know.