BOSTON (AP) – Health authorities in Massachusetts call for data collection on potential cases of lung disease related to the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Cigarette or steam-related lung disease must be reported to the Ministry of Health immediately for the next 12 months.
Last month, the agency sent a warning message to 25,000 health care providers in Massachusetts asking them to volunteer to report lung disease-related illnesses with vaping.
"Today's action creates the legal framework for service providers to report cases and suspected cases, so we can get a better picture of the overall burden of disease in Massachusetts," says a written statement by Bharel.  She said the coverage will also help the state provide the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with case counts to try to undercut the nationwide impact of vaping.
US. Health authorities are investigating what can cause hundreds of severe respiratory illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and steam appliances. They identified about 450 potential cases in 33 states, including six deaths.
Massachusetts is actively investigating several suspected cases of vapors. There are no confirmed cases in Massachusetts.
The last time the State Health Commissioner issued a similar mandate was two years ago. Because of this mandate, providers had to report cases of amnesia related to intravenous drug use.
The new mandate has been sent to all clinicians ̵
Suppliers are encouraged to report each case to a person with unexplained progressive symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, chest pain, coughing or weight loss of any severity, and abnormal breast imaging Study related to Vaping.
Cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue occurred in the cases reported to the CDC. The symptoms worsened days or weeks before admission to hospital.
Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, anorexia, pleuritic chest pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
All patients had reported vapors in the weeks and months prior to hospitalization.
In no case has a particular product been identified and no product has been associated with the clinical syndrome.
According to the State Department of Health, 41% of high school students in Massachusetts have tried e-cigarettes at least once. About 20% of them said they had used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days – a six times higher rate than adults.
Nearly 10% of middle school students said they had tried e-cigarettes.
A Law of 2018 Governor Charlie Baker includes e-cigarettes in the definition of tobacco and makes it illegal to vape where it is forbidden to smoke. The law also increased the legal minimum sales of tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to 21.