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CHCC: No vaping-related lung injury case in NMI

THE CNMI has no cases of lung injuries related to the use of e-cigarettes or vaping, according to Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. communications and public relations specialist Zoe Travis.

CHCC is also reiterating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice against using e-cigarettes especially among the youth and pregnant women.

“The CDC recommends that people refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC or tetrahydrocannabinol,” Travis added.

CDC data suggest that products containing THC play a role in the lung-injury outbreak in the U.S., she said.

As of Oct. 1, CDC had reported a total of 1,080 lung-injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products in 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About 70 percent of patients were male and most of them were under 35 years old. There have been 18 deaths so far, CDC said.

Symptoms of vaping-related lung injury include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain.

Travis advised the people, especially those who are vaping, to see their doctor if they are experiencing any of the symptoms.

For those who want to quit vaping, call the CNMI Quit-Line at 323-QUIT (7848).

Travis said the CHCC Tobacco Cessation Program also offers cessation services including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.