The vaping controversy continues to grow as more mysterious illnesses are being reported all over the world. In one of the most recent cases, a woman from Texas, named Sherie Canada, had to be put into a coma after doctors found blood clots in her lungs. Doctors believe that the rare lung illness is related to vaping. Sherie went to the hospital after experiencing severe chest pains, nausea, and unexpected weight loss.
At first, she was diagnosed with pre-pneumonia and was given antibiotics, however, her symptoms continued to worsen until she was so weak that she could hardly move.
A later series of tests found that she had clots on her lungs, and then they forced her into a medically induced coma so she could be treated properly.
Sheri says that she is sure that the illness is related to vaping and regrets diving head first into the trend.
Sheri is the mother of three children, and she spent her 15-year-old son’s birthday in the ICU.
Luckily, she has made a full recovery, and is now determined to warn others about the dangers of vaping.
She says that she is ashamed of the fact that she was a vaper, and was never even a smoker before vaping became mainstream, although the vast majority of vapers are people who would have been smoking otherwise. She said that she was attracted to the flavors and then eventually got addicted to the nicotine.
In recent weeks, states across the country have banned flavored vaping products, under the grounds that they are attractive to children and often advertised to them. Unites States President Donald Trump also recently announced a federal plan to ban flavored vaping products nationwide. Officials in some states want to go so far as to outlaw vaping products all-together.
Many vaping enthusiasts and those in the industry believe that these political moves are the result of lobbying efforts from members of the tobacco industry, who have seen their sales plummet in recent years, largely due to vaping products which are often seen as less harmful than smoking.
Vaping advocates insist that vaping is far safer than traditional combustible tobacco, and that many of these deaths and illnesses tied to vaping are actually the result of black market ingredients that aren’t sold through proper distributors. It seems that a ban on these products would only serve to strengthen this black market side of the industry and actually have the unintended consequences of making the products on the market more dangerous.
According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency is currently investigating 380 lung illness cases that they believe to be linked to vaping. Of the patients that were interviewed with the agency, a vast majority of them, at least 80%, used THC liquid in addition to nicotine liquids, while just 20% used only nicotine. There has been speculation that there was a bad batch of THC cartridges, originating from China, that is responsible for many of the more serious cases. It is said that many of these black market items were purchased over Instagram.
Posted by Sherie Canada on Thursday, September 5, 2019