CONCORD — A Sullivan County adult is the first person in New Hampshire to suffer a “lung injury” from vaping, state health officials reported on Monday.
The unnamed patient had vaped nicotine products and was hospitalized at one point with symptoms and chest imaging that showed unspecified lung injury, the state Department of Health and Human Services said. The person was later discharged from the hospital.
Eighteen people in the United States have died from vaping-related injuries, and 1,080 injuries have been reported as of Oct. 1. Most of those are young adults, and a national investigation shows that many of those injured vaped products containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
“Even though a majority of patients report vaping THC products, some have reported only vaping nicotine products. Until we have more information from the national investigation, no vaping is considered safe,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist.
Until more is known, he said, no vaping should be considered safe.
In New Hampshire, vaping falls under state laws for tobacco use, meaning the age of access is 18. On Jan. 1, the minimum age for vaping and tobacco use increases to 19.
Symptoms of vaping-related lung injuries include cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.
Some patients have also experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain. Other symptoms include fatigue and fever.