A 2016 study on a number of smokers who had switched from smoking to vaping, had found that 66% of the study participants experienced improvement with regards to respiratory issues.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 11 cases have been identified, and the state’s disease detectives are looking into seven other possible cases. Officials have not confirmed that vaping has caused these injuries, however they are still spreading unnecessary fear and warning residents to not vape.

Despite the different ranges of severity, the patients in question have all been diagnosed with severe lung damage, and symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss. “We are currently interviewing patients, all of whom reported recent vaping. Our disease investigators continue to gather information about the names and types of vape products that were used in hopes of determining a common link,” said Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, in a statement Friday.

“We strongly urge people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone—especially young people who have recently vaped—experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor,” added the health official.

Smokers who switch to vaping experience a decrease in respiratory infections

Meanwhile, research led by Peter Hajek at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2016, on a number of smokers who had switched from smoking to vaping, had found that the majority experienced a decrease in respiratory infections.

The study was carried out by assessing 941 subjects who switched to vaping for at least two months, and the results were published in the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy. The findings had illustrated that in regards to respiratory issues, 66% of study participants claimed improvement, 29% experienced no changes, and 5% reported worsening.

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