Quebec has reported its first case of severe lung disease linked to vaping, the provincial health ministry has confirmed.
A man in his 50s who started vaping in April developed chest pain and had trouble breathing. However, the man has since recovered, Dr. Mylène Drouin of the Montreal Public Health Department told reporters at a news conference on Friday. He chose to vape as a means to stop smoking.
The Quebec case is the second to be reported thus far in Canada. On Sept. 18, a high-school student from London, Ont., was placed temporarily on life support after using e-cigarettes but was later released from hospital, according to the local health authority in that province.
Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s top public health officer, reiterated the risks associated with vaping at Friday’s news conference.
“Following the confirmation of this first case in Quebec, it is necessary to reiterate the importance of remaining vigilant,” Arruda said in a statement.
“People with health concerns should tell their health-care professional if they are vaping or have been vaping, as well as the devices and substances used. Every case is taken seriously and the Health Ministry continues to monitor developments in Quebec closely.”