Concern grows in N.B.over danger of vaping products

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Thirteen deaths and over 800 reported cases of illness have been attributed to vaping in the U.S., prompting about a dozen states and cities to either ban or severely limit the sale of e-cigarette products.

On Sunday, a New Brunswick woman shared her terrifying health ordeal which she attributes to vaping.

Now, there's a call for tighter regulations here too.

There have been hundreds of cases of lung illness reported in the United States, and some here in Canada and here in the Maritimes as well, recently.

This has alarmed health authorities, and a fresh wave a health warnings is being issued related to vaping.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical health officer tells CTV News "Everybody needs to know that the long term risks of vaping are unknown at this point in time".

Russell says "What we have seen in the United States of vaping related illnesses and deaths is very concerning."

Concerning enough that federal authorities in Canada issued a warning over the weekend:

"Health Canada is advising Canadians who use vaping products to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and to seek medical attention promptly if they have concerns about their health."

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling for a complete regulatory overhaul of vaping laws, and raising the minimum legal age to be able to purchase vaping products to 21, because products are too easily available for young people.