Number of probable vaping-related illnesses in BC increases to 3: Health Canada

Nov 8 2019, 5:49 pm

The number of probable vaping-related illnesses in BC has increased to 3, according to Health Canada.

On its website, Health Canada says that as of November 6, 2019, there are seven confirmed or probable cases of severe lung illnesses related to vaping in the country.

This includes two confirmed cases in Quebec and five probable cases in New Brunswick (two) and BC (three).

In early September, Health Canada issued a warning to Canadians who vape to monitor themselves for signs of pulmonary illnesses and seek attention immediately if they experience these symptoms.

On September 18, the Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that a youth had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness that was linked to the individual’s use of vaping products.

The first case of a vaping-related illness was recorded in BC in October. A notice of civil claim has also been filed in the BC Supreme Court, seeking a class-action lawsuit against vaping giant Juul.

This week, the Vancouver City Council approved a motion that calls for a stronger policy towards the sale and advertisement of vapes and vaping-related products.

Health Canada says it’s in close contact with the US FDA and the US CDC to better understand their investigation into the cause of the illnesses.

“While the cause of severe lung illness related to vaping is still under investigation in both the United States and Canada, Canadians concerned about the health risks related to vaping should consider refraining from using vaping products,” said the agency in a statement.

“Vaping products may contain dozens of chemicals. Most vaping substances available for sale are flavoured and contain nicotine. Canadians should not use vaping products obtained illegally, including any vaping products that contain cannabis.”