Saturday October 19, 2019

Canada Reports its First Hospitalization for Severe Respiratory Illness Linked to Vaping

The Middlesex-London Health Unit said in a statement that a youth has been diagnosed with severe respiratory illness that has been linked

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FILE - Flavored vaping solutions are shown at a vape and smoke shop, Sept. 16, 2019, in New York. New York and Canadian officials are weighing bans on certain e-cigarette flavors. VOA

Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping Wednesday, following an outbreak in the U.S. that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit said in a statement that “a youth has been diagnosed with severe respiratory illness that has been linked to the individual’s use of vaping products.”

Medic Christopher Mackie told a news conference that the London, Ontario, high school student, who vaped daily, was admitted to a local hospital intensive care unit but has since recovered.

“As far as we’re aware, this is the first case of vaping-related illness that’s been reported in Canada,” he said.

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Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping Wednesday, following an outbreak in the U.S. that has killed seven people. Pixabay

E-cigarettes have been available in the U.S. and Canada since 2006 and are sometimes used to aid in quitting smoking traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes.

Despite a ban in Canada on selling vaping products to youths, adolescents’ use of them has skyrocketed in recent years.

More restrictions weighed

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor said the Canadian government was looking at further banning of vaping advertising and certain flavors that may be appealing to young people.

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“At the end of the day, my number one priority is protecting our youth,” she said. “We want to make sure that the regulations in place will be protecting our youth and making sure these products are not appealing to youth in any way.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently that there were more than 450 possible cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping in the U.S.

The CDC and Health Canada have cautioned against vaping as officials investigate the precise cause of the deaths. No single substance has been found to be present in all the laboratory samples being examined. (VOA)

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Tesla’s Major V3 Supercharger Rollout Starts in Canada

Depending on the model, Tesla's EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

In a good news for the users who want to top up their Tesla using an extra-speedy V3 Supercharger, the EV maker said that 26 of the 46 Supercharger stations under construction along the Trans-Canada Highway will be V3 models.

This is the first large-scale deployment of the faster chargers — there are only a handful of them in the US.

This is an unusual focus for Tesla when it tends to serve the US first, but it makes sense given the realities of the Canadian driving. It’s a more sparsely populated country with longer stretches between cities than you see stateside, Engadget reported on Sunday quoting The Verge.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Depending on the model, Tesla’s EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh.

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The timing of the news is convenient. VW’s Electrify Canada (a sibling to Electrify America) just opened its first fast EV charging station as part of a plan to install 32 sites in the four most populous provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia), the report added. (IANS)