Officials in Canada have confirmed they are investigating a case of severe lung disease linked to vaping.
On Wednesday, officials from the Middlesex-London Health Unit in Ontario said they had been advised of a case of severe pulmonary illness diagnosed in a youth, which was linked to the use of vaping products.
“While we aren’t able to say conclusively that the respiratory illness that occurred in this young person was the result of vaping, there is no other identifiable cause in this case,” says Dr Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We know very little about the long-term health effects associated with e-cigarettes, but our findings so far are enough to convince us of the need to advise the public.”
It comes as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues its investigation into 380 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products.
Since the outbreak was announced, a number of states have announced plans to restrict e-cigarette use. New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.
On Wednesday, India's cabinet announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes to the country.