ATLANTA — A growing number of people in Georgia have been stricken with vaping-related respiratory ailments.
Emory University Hospital recently treated a young man who arrived with breathing problems. He said he had recently vaped a liquid cannabis product.
A number of cases nationwide have been linked to THC and vitamin E oil vaping compounds.
"We saw a patient who had a vaping-related lung injury. It was THC, but we don't know if vitamin E was present in that. We recommended him to stop vaping and his injury, luckily, was not severe. He did not need any hospitalization," said Dr. Srihari Veeraraghavan, a pulmonologist at Emory University Hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health investigators are looking into more than 450 cases of vaping-related lung illness in 33 states.
Up to five deaths have been associated with vaping.
Investigators said many cases may have been caused by adulterated or bootleg vaping compounds.
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