HEALTH EXPERTS ARE SEEING A TROUBLING TREND IN THE SUBSTANCE BEING USED IN THE DEVICES…AND IT’S NOT THE SWEET-SMELLING LIQUIDS WITH BUBBLE-GUM NAMES. ACTION NEWS REPORTER VANESSA VASCONCELOS HAS MORE ON THE SERIOUS SPIKE IN RESPIRATORY REACTIONS FROM VAPING A COMPOUND IN CANNABIS. VANESSA… CORY, MARGOT, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ISSUING THE WARNING AFTER A PULMINOLOGIST AT ADVENTIST HEALTH IN HANFORD SAW AN INCREASE IN PEOPLE COMING IN WITH ACCUTE RESPRITORY DISTRESS SYNDROME… EACH PATIENT HAD ONE THING IN COMMON… GETTING THEIR VAPE PRODUCT FROM POP-UP SHOPS. AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE, IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, HAVE BEEN TREATED AT ADVENTIST HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER WITH SEVERE BREATHING PROBLEMS. EDWARD HILL/DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR KINGS COUNTY 2145 A LOCAL PULMINIOLOGIST SAYS THEYVE SEEN A SHARP INCREASE IN PEOPLE WITH ACCUTE RESPRITORY DISTRESS SYNDROME. THE SYMPTOMS START OUT FLU- LIKE… SHORTNESS OF BREATH, FEELING FATIGUED A LOSS OF APPETITE, NAUSEA AND CONFUSION… BUT THEY CAN QUICKLY ESCALATE. EDWARD HILL/DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR KINGS COUNTY 2409 WEVE HAD PATIENTS SO SICK THAT THEYVE HAD TO BE ADMITTED TO THE ICU AND THEN PUT ON MECHANICAL VENTILATORS SO IT CAN BE QUITE SERIOUS. EACH CASE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL INVOLVED OTHERWISE HEALTHY ADULTS… WITH ONE COMMONALITY. 2318 ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE VAPING THC OR CBD OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. ACCORDING TO KINGS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR, EDWARD HILL, THE VAPE CARTRIDGES WERE BOUGHT FROM POP-UP SHOPS. 2447 THEY POP UP FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS THEYRE ADVERTISED BY WORD OF MOUTH AND THEN THEY CLOSE DOWN AND MOVE ON THESE POP UP SHOPS ARE USUALLY NOT LICENSED NOT REGULATED AND THEY DONT FOLLOW THE SAFETY PRACTICES A REGULAR DISTRIBUTOR WOULD. HEALTH EXPERTS SAY VAPING IS STILL A RELATIVELY NEW MARKET… SO STUDIES ABOUT ANY ADVERSE AFFECTS ARE STILL ONGOING. 2734 THERES BEEN REPORTED SEIZURES IN WISCONSIN THERE ARE ALSO YOUNG ADULTS IN WISCONSIN AND ILLINOIS THAT ARE COMING DOWN WITH THE SAME RESPRITORY ISSUES AS HERE. THEY SAY ANYONE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. IN THE SOUTH VALLEY, THEY ARE ISSUING THE WARNING SAYING WHILE IT IS LEGAL IN THE STATE… IT’S BEST TO BUY FROM A LICENSED RETAILER. IN STUDIO VANESSA VASCONCELOS ABC30 ACTION NEWS.

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