Utah health officials reviewed 21 cases of serious vaping-related illnesses on Monday, about a week after the US Centers for Disease Control warned about a bunch of lung disease cases that appear to be related to electronic cigarettes.
Health officials are also investigating five more unconfirmed cases, said department spokeswoman Rebecca Ward.
Prior to experiencing respiratory distress, patients reported initially mild symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain; many also had gastrointestinal problems, including nausea and diarrhea, the CDC reports. Utah physicians have encountered numerous cases of lipoid pneumonia in vaping patients, where fat deposits have been detected in microscopic air, possibly from oil in vapil juice. heard in the lungs.
The state health department is collecting samples of vapi juice from affected patients to test the contents, Ward said. Patients vaporized nicotine in some cases, THC in others ̵
"The department … is testing vaping products to determine if the products contain inhalants, such as nicotine, THC, or other harmful substances that can contribute to severe lung disease," Ward said.