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First-Ever Illness From Vaping Reported In Quebec

Health officials are warning the public to stay vigilant when using vape products.
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First-Ever Illness From Vaping Reported In Quebec
  • The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) has confirmed the first reported case of an illness from vaping in the province.
  • Both the MSSS and Health Canada are warning the public about potential dangers associated with vaping.

The Quebec Health Ministry has alerted the public that the first case of vaping-related illness was diagnosed in the province. The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) confirms that a person contracted a severe pulmonary disease due to vaping. 

According to CBC News, the patient is in their 50s and was using a vape to help quit smoking. It's unknown what brand of vaping products the patient was using. 

This news is a stark reminder that vape products come with unknown risks and circumstances. The MSSS recommends that vaping products should be treated like tobacco and that minors, non-smokers, and pregnant women shouldn't be vaping. In the United States, there have been more than 800 reported vaping-related illnesses and 13 deaths, says CBC News. 

Earlier this month, Health Canada issued a statement declaring that vaping products carry a potential risk of developing pulmonary illnesses such as heavy coughs, shortness of breath, and more. 

In many cases, associated illnesses are connected to illegal or unregulated vaping products. Often, chemicals that aren't often found in mass-market vape products might be mixed in and carry unknown risks. While the Health Ministry points out that legal sources aren't risk-free, they're more likely safer to consume.

According to Dr. Horatio Arruda, National Director of Public Health, "it is necessary to reiterate the importance of remaining vigilant." 

"People with health concerns should tell their healthcare professional if they are vaping or have been vaping, as well as the devices and substances used. Every case is taken seriously and the Department of Health and Social Services continues to monitor developments in Quebec closely."

Reported symptoms of vaping-related illnesses include: 

  • Heavy cough 

  • Chest pain, or shortness of breath 

  • Nausea and vomiting 

  • Fever, aches and pains 

Dr. Arruda also asks Canadians to "remember that vaping is not without risk, and that its long-term effects are not yet known."

"In this context, the population is invited to be vigilant. As with tobacco products, young people, pregnant women and non-smokers should refrain from using electronic cigarettes."

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While many people use vaping products to help them quit smoking, there are cases where minors and non-smokers are using these products.

There has been much criticism of the vaping industry. Many accuse it of replacing cigarettes with vapes in order to attract a younger market. 

There are many unknown risks involved when using vaping products according to Health Canada and the MSSS.

The agencies recommend that vape users not try to modify any mass-market product.

Cannabis vaping products are among the most popular among young people but Health Canada warns that people shouldn't purchase illegal cannabis vapes because there's a risk the liquid might be contaminated.

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If you've experienced any vaping-related illnesses, you should visit a doctor immediately. 

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