MADISON, Wis. - Dane County health officials are urging residents to stop vaping immediately.
Public Health Madison & Dane County said in a news release Thursday there are 34 confirmed cases of Wisconsin residents hospitalized for severe lung disease and damage from vaping. Nationally, more than 200 possible cases are being investigated.
PHMDC said in Wisconsin, the majority of the cases have reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC products, such as waxes or oil concentrates. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and is often mixed with other chemicals and additives that are unknown, unregulated and unsafe.
Officials said vaping nicotine products can be equally harmful as vaping THC products because of their unknown and unregulated nature.
In the release Thursday, officials urged anyone who has used vaping products and is experiencing unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss should speak with a health care provider.
Other entities in the state are also urging people to stop using vaping and e-cigarette products. Last week, Milwaukee health officials urged people to stop vaping in a health alert. In Rock County, Beloit officials passed an ordinance banning vaping use and possession of vaping devices by minors.
As concerns about vaping's health effects mount, a group of state lawmakers wants to set a minimum age for purchasing vaping products and raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine.
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