In the afternoon on Wednesday, October 16 provincial health officer for B.C Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed that the province has confirmed that there has been a probable case of a vaping-related illness. This is the first-ever confirmed B.C. vaping illness case in the province and there are many more investigations of suspected cases underway. 

In a statement, Dr. Henry said, "these are the first cases of vaping-related illness in B.C., but we fully expect there will be more as this is quickly emerging as a significant public health issue.”

While vaping might seem like a viable alternative to smoking by many, Dr. Henry had a word of caution. “Vaping is turning back the clock on decades of effective anti-smoking efforts and creating a new generation of young people addicted to nicotine.”

Back in September, Dr. Henry had issued a notice that required doctors to share information about their patients using e-cigarettes. If the patient was ill, had pulmonary infiltrates on their X-ray imaging and they could not find a cause for the illness, it would get reported. 

All reports regarding vaping-related illness in B.C. will now be forwarded to the  BC Centre for Disease Control. Then, public health officials will investigate.

Health Canada issued a warning about vaping recently after there was both one death and multiple reported illnesses related to vaping in the United States. 

On September 18 of this year, it was reported that an Ontario teen was thought to be Canada's first instance of a vaping-related illness


Narcity has reached out to the provincial health officer for B.C Dr. Bonnie Henry and will update this story.

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