By Rick Sobey | [email protected] | Boston HeraldSeptember 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm Massachusetts health officials are ordering doctors to immediately report suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses as federal officials plan to propose banning flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is actively investigating several suspected vaping-related illnesses. “Vaping is clearly a major problem,” Irwin Buchwald, medical director of respiratory therapy at Lowell General Hospital, said Wednesday after officials confirmed a sixth person in the U.S. died from lung disease tied to vaping. “Everyone who’s vaping should immediately stop until we learn what exactly is going on,” Buchwald said.Nationally, 450 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes or vaping have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Massachusetts, there have been 10 suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses, according to the DPH. None of the cases have been confirmed. Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday issued an order that requires doctors to report this emergent condition. Last month, DPH sent a clinical alert to 25,000 Massachusetts health care providers asking them to voluntarily report pulmonary-related disease associated with vaping. “We are beginning to… Read full this story
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