NB health officials confirm two cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping


Provincial officials are reporting two cases of severe pulmonary illness which have been classified as "probable" in relation to vaping.

The Department of Health says in light of a confirmed case of vaping related illness in Quebec and other illnesses in Ontario and the US, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is working with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health, says, "Vaping is not safe for young people or pregnant women. I remind all New Brunswickers that vaping is not without risk and that the potential long-term effects of vaping remain unknown."

A release states people who use vaping products, including for cannabis, or have used vaping products in the past, should monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness such as coughing, shortness of breath and chest pains.

Those with these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention and indicate to their health-care professional that they currently vape or have in the past.

Russell added she encourages physicians to remain on alert for potential cases and to report them to Public Health.