TN Dept. of Health reports 6 cases of disease in vape users

Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health speaks at a news conference on Sept. 6 2019

It is the second reported death - following an earlier fatality in IL in August - although the latest victim passed away in July.

The Minnesota Department of Health said that officials confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung injuries related to vaping.

The CDC is cautioning people to avoid using e-cigarettes amid the outbreak, as a new patient in IN died, in addition to previously reported deaths in IL and Oregon. People using e-cigarettes who experience these symptoms should "promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns", Meaney-Delman said.

She stressed that e-cigarettes contain a variety of chemicals and additives and are never safe for youth, pregnant women and young adults. Numerous sickened - but not all - were people who had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high.

E-cigarettes use among people over 21 has skyrocketed: about 3.6 million middle and high school students used vaping products in 2018. The CDC said it's aware of another death that is under investigation.

"As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus of the Department's investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses", the department said in a statement.

The CDC and FDA are working together with local and state health departments on standardizing how these cases are identified and reported, as well as supporting state probes and analyzing samples collected from patients.

Government health investigators are looking into whether an oil derived from Vitamin E - found in samples of marijuana vaping products from patients all over the country who got sick - may be responsible for at least some of the cases.

"No one substance or compound, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all the samples tested", he said in the briefing.

CDC and the FDA encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco- or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal.

Five deaths from the mysterious illness have been reported so far, three of them on Friday. Similar cases have been previously reported in IL and Oregon.

"We're investigating to look for common factors and collect information on specific components or brands of vaping products that may be the source of the illness", Jones stated.

This comes as the FDA is under vast scrutiny amid an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease that several officials believe is linked to vaping, sickening possibly hundreds, and killing at several people nationwide. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced there are more than 450 possible cases, with a total of four confirmed consequent deaths.

"They're really concerned about unknown substances people are buying on the street", LaPook said.



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