Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

Three Additional Cases of Severe Lung Injuries in NM Related to Vaping

SANTA FE (KSMX)- The New Mexico Department of Health reports three additional cases of severe lung injury related to the use of e-cigarettes for vaping, bringing the total of cases in the state to 20.

13 of New Mexico’s 20 patients have required hospitalization in intensive care units.

Of the patients interviewed by the NMDOH, 77 percent reported THC use with three patients reporting only nicotine use.

“Case numbers are rising in New Mexico and nationwide, that’s why the NMDOH continues to warn residents and discourage the use of any cartridges with THC because of the ease at which additional chemicals can be added to these types of cartridges,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “People who have trouble breathing or experience chest pain after vaping should seek immediate medical attention.”

All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems after vaping with symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

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