Health officials in BC continue to monitor the dangers of vaping


Vaping, especially by young people is becoming a national crisis.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 U-S states. 

While the cause remains unclear, many of the reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC.

 Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Island Health says while the cause of the respiratory problems remains unclear, health officials believe the danger may be in the flavouring.

"There are chemists who are saying it's the chemical being used as a solvent for the flavouring can be associated with lung damage.  I do know that in BC we have been speaking with BC-CDC and are seeing if we can put some sort of surveilance system in place to see if we are seeing any similar cases in British Columbia."

Health Canada says it doesn't have evidence of clusters of pulmonary disease cases related to vaping in Canada similar to those reported in the United States.

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