Five People Have Now Died From Mysterious Lung Illness Linked To Vaping

US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Officials in IN said an adult resident had died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, as the number of suspected cases across 33 states rose to 450. On Friday, the CDC reported the fifth death in the US connected to vaping.

Although the definitive cause of these deaths is still unknown but CDC suggests that it is likely to be associated with a chemical exposure. As a result, the FDA issued a warning in July 2009 on the health risks posed by vaping and, like the WHO, called for clinical studies to help determine whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use. Many also reported vaping other products, including those containing nicotine.

"While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products", says Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, incident manager of the CDC's response to the vaping-related lung injuries. The agency addressed reports from yesterday claiming that an oil called vitamin E acetate had been found in a number of cases, pointing out that it isn't a common link between all of the reported illnesses.

Over 120 samples have been analyzed, and while a few possible chemical culprits have been suggested - vitamin E acetate, present in numerous THC-containing products, was briefly highlighted - no one substance has been identified in all of them, according to Food and Drug Administration director Mitch Zeller.

Cases of the disease have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The CDC also said they are looking into the lab tests from NY state health officials that showed vitamin E acetate in numerous cannabis e-cigarette cartridges that sickened patients had submitted for testing. "As more information comes about and we can narrow down the specific e-cigarette products, we intend to revise that".

New York State Department of Health
New York State Department of Health

Numerous ill patients have reported vaping THC.

No single vaping devices, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses.

Health officials in some states said a number of people who got sick had vaped products containing THC.

"Health officials in OR said the person who died there had been using a TCH vape pen".

The first case of the mysterious lung illness, in IL, came in April, indicating that the syndrome emerged earlier than the mid-June date that has been often cited by federal officials as the time the afflictions began.

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