Doctors have released a number of pictures of lung scans of patients who have suffered serious health issues, as the numbers of vaping-related deaths continue to rise in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 450 possible cases of lung issues caused by vaping have been reported over 33 states in America in 2019.
Commenting on the situation in a press statement, Dr Dana Meaney-Delman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claimed: "While the investigation is ongoing, CDC has advised that individuals consider not using e-cigarettes because as of now, this is the primary means of preventing the severe lung disease."
The potential health implications were discussed in an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, entitled: Imaging of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease.
The paper's abstract noted:
"Although the variety of imaging patterns suggests different mechanisms of injury and more patterns will probably be reported, most of the patterns have basilar-predominant consolidation and ground-glass opacity, often with areas of lobular or subpleural sparing."
"Rapidly developing acute lung injuries (e.g., acute eosinophilic pneumonia and diffuse alveolar damage) are associated with inhalational injuries and have overlapping pathological and imaging findings and they have been reported to occur with vaping."Watch Sophie Turner livestream herself vaping in the video below:
It added: "We have collectively seen 19 cases and reviewed the literature regarding another 15 cases. All met the case definition of vaping-associated lung injury, which includes “abnormalities on chest imaging.” We identified four imaging patterns that correlated with pathological findings attributable to vaping, including acute eosinophilic pneumonia, diffuse alveolar damage, organizing pneumonia, and lipoid pneumonia."
Now, an 18-year-old by the name of Simah Herman has attempted to start an anti-vaping campaign from her hospital bed, after her lungs reportedly failed.