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Mysterious lung disease tied to vaping offers clues but no firm answers yet

Willie Eggleston, PharmD (photo by Jim Howe)

Willie Eggleston, PharmD
(photo by Jim Howe)

A growing amount of evidence suggests that vaping products are associated with a severe -- and in some cases, deadly -- lung disease. Several hundred patients from a few dozen states have been reported to have pulmonary illnesses that seem to be related to vaping -- inhaling the vapor of electronic cigarettes. Experts at the Upstate New York Poison Center in Syracuse are fielding many questions regarding vaping lately. One of those experts, toxicologist Willie Eggleston, PharmD, explains what's important to know about this mystery disease. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University.