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NM Department of Health discourages vape cartridges

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LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating possible cases of lung disease associated with vaping. A 29-year old male from Bernalillo County was determined to have vaping- associated lung disease and three additional cases are under investigation. All reported use of vape cartridges. Similar cases are reported in at least 14 other states.

All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems, including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. NMDOH, other states and the Centers for Disease Control are still investigating the possible causes of these illnesses. The names and types of products under investigation are substances such as nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids or a combination of these.

“In light of this disease, we discourage vaping of any cartridges with THC,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “People who have trouble breathing or experience chest pain after vaping – in the weeks or months prior to the development of these symptoms – should seek immediate medical attention.”

The NMDOH is asking healthcare providers to report possible vaping associated lung disease cases to the Epidemiology and Response Division at 505-827-0006.

For more information, visit nmvape.info.  

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