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Ottawa's top doctor urges against adding cannabis oil to vape liquids

A recent warning from Health Canada urged people who vape to watch for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.
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The capital's medical officer of health continues to warn against the dangers of vaping, and urges anyone who vapes to not modify their vape device nor its liquid.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit said on Wednesday that a youth from London, Ont., had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping.

There have been no vaping-related lung illnesses reported in Ottawa to date.

"I would expect that that is something our physicians are alert to and would want Public Health to know about," said Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health. Dr. Etches added, she's pleased that the province's health minister has ordered hospitals to report vaping-related cases of severe pulmonary disease.

"This step by the minister does make it more formal," said Dr. Etches.

Ottawa Public Health has previously warned that vaping is not as safe as some users may think, and continues to urge non-smokers to not begin vaping. But the city's medical officer of health also warns users of vape devices to not modify the devices, nor their liquids -- such as to add cannabis oil.

"We understand that that is not an uncommon practice," Dr. Etches told 1310 NEWS. "It is a concern."

A recent warning from Health Canada urged people who vape to watch for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.

 

--with files from The Canadian Press




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