City of Milwaukee urges residents to stop vaping ‘immediately’

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The city of Milwaukee issued a health alert Wednesday urging residents to stop vaping “immediately,” after at least 16 people were hospitalized with severe lung disease this month.

The individuals all reported using vape products or dabbing — which is the vaping of marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates — in the weeks and months prior to being hospitalized. They were diagnosed with severe chemical pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs due to aspirating or inhaling of irritants, according to a press release from the city’s health department. The specific products used were unknown.

Milwaukee’s health commissioner, Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, said she is “committed to protecting the public from the dangers of secondhand exposure” to vaping devices or electronic cigarettes.

“We continue to learn more about the health effects associated with e-cigarettes,” Kowalik said in a statement Wednesday. Continue Reading