If Romaine killed so many e-cigs, it would be taken out of stores, Mom tells Congress

The mother of a teenager from Illinois who fell ill from the vape of the congress beat the congress for failing to introduce a national ban on vape.

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Ruby Johnson, from New Lennox, witnessed for the House of Representatives Committee on supervision and reform on Tuesday, because the number of lung diseases and deaths associated with vape continues to increase.

From Wednesday morning at least 530 people – mostly young adults – are sick or hospitalized in 38 states with pulmonary-related lung diseases.

One of them is Johnson's 18-year-old daughter, Piper, who was hospitalized last month with breathing problems associated with e-cigarettes.

& # 39; These products entered the market without anyone knowing how they would cause damage, and now we are trying to clear up a mess that involves a cocktail of mysterious toxins in their own flavors, & # 39; Johnson testified.

& # 39; People still get sick and teenagers keep on vaping. If this were Roman lettuce, the shelves would be empty, referring to the E. coli outbreaks that made 272 sick last year – almost twice as many as have fallen ill from e-cigarettes.

Ruby Johnson, from New Lennox, Illinois, testified for the convention on Tuesday (photo) after her daughter, Piper, was hospitalized last month with breathing problems from e-cigarettes

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Ruby Johnson, from New Lennox, Illinois, testified for the convention on Tuesday (photo) after her daughter, Piper, was hospitalized last month with breathing problems from e-cigarettes

Piper 18 complained about having trouble breathing in August while her parents brought her to college. Pictured: Piper in the hospital

Piper 18 complained about having trouble breathing in August while her parents brought her to college. Pictured: Piper in the hospital

Piper 18 complained about having trouble breathing in August while her parents brought her to college. Pictured: Piper in the hospital

At the end of last fall, 62 people in 16 states contracted E. coli after eating Romaine lettuce, prompting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn people to avoid Roma prior to Thanksgiving.

Just months earlier in April, another E. coli romaine outbreak made 210 people sick in 36 states and killed five.

The Romaine was later traced to an irrigation canal near a massive cattle farm in Arizona; the fallout was linked to a water reservoir in California. In both cases, regulators have never confirmed how the water became contaminated.

For comparison: nine people in seven states have died after using e-cigarettes in the last year.

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More than half of the 530 cases of severe lung disease have occurred in people younger than 25 years of age.

The FDA provides recall actions for products that it regulates, such as cutting lettuce. Although it has had a chance to regulate e-cigarettes, it can do no more than warn against its use.

Johnson told Congress that Piper & # 39; s health problems arose while driving her freshman from college at Northern Colorado University.

Shortly after the ride, the 18-year-old started coughing and told her parents that it hurt to breathe deeply, according to a Facebook message.

They took Piper to an emergency clinic where doctors diagnosed her with & # 39; early pneumonia & # 39; but they advised her to go to the ER the next day.

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In the hospital she was diagnosed with diffuse pneumonia, which means that it had spread to both lungs.

Doctors told Piper's parents that if she had been taken to the hospital a day or two later, she would probably have had a respirator.

Her parents took her to an emergency care clinic, who referred her to a hospital. Pictured: Piper

Her parents took her to an emergency care clinic, who referred her to a hospital. Pictured: Piper

Piper was admitted to the hospital with diffuse pneumonia, which doctors linked to her use of e-cigarettes. Pictured: Piper, left, with her mother

Piper was admitted to the hospital with diffuse pneumonia, which doctors linked to her use of e-cigarettes. Pictured: Piper, left, with her mother

Her parents took her to an emergency care clinic, who referred her to a hospital. Piper was admitted to the hospital with diffuse pneumonia, which doctors linked to her use of e-cigarettes. Pictured: Piper on the left and with her mother on the right

Her mother called for a ban on evaporation products and said that as the perpetrator in the outbreak & # 39; was already forbidden. Pictured: Johnson, right, listens as American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer Dr. Albert Rizzo, left, testifies Tuesday
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Her mother called for a ban on evaporation products and said that as the perpetrator in the outbreak & # 39; was already forbidden. Pictured: Johnson, right, listens as American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer Dr. Albert Rizzo, left, testifies Tuesday

Her mother called for a ban on evaporation products and said that as the perpetrator in the outbreak & # 39; was already forbidden. Pictured: Johnson, right, listens as American Lung Association Chief Medical Officer Dr. Albert Rizzo, left, testifies Tuesday

Johnson described a series of medications and medical interventions used to treat her daughter, including oxygen, intravenous fluids, steroids, nausea drugs, and pain killers.

She told her daughter had evaporated THC – the most important psychoactive substance in marijuana – but mainly used nicotine e-cigarettes such as Juul in the weeks before she became ill.

The use of e-cigarettes has increased enormously since they were introduced on the American market in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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And they remain the most widely used tobacco product among American teenagers.

A 2017 US surgeon general report showed that the use of e-cigarettes among young people had increased by 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.

This is estimated to amount to around three million high school students.

& # 39; We desperately need our legislators to help us by banning the flavors drawn in childhood, such as my daughter, including mint and menthol, & # 39; said Johnson.

& # 39; What happened to my daughter was indicative of this outbreak, but points to the bigger crisis – our children are becoming addicted to flavors … The FDA has allowed these markets to multiply, thrive and grow. remain for purchase and consumption – without pre-market review. & # 39;

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