Number of vaping-related illnesses in United States has spiked, CDC says

Number of vaping-related illnesses in United States has spiked, CDC says

Number of vaping-related illnesses in United States has spiked, CDC says

Vaping-related illnesses have affected Americans of all ages, but are more common in younger people who are not usually prone to lung disease. So far, no single vaping product or ingredient has been linked to the illnesses, though most patients reported vaping THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana.

Seven deaths have been reported.

Still, health officials said they haven't found a definitive cause or a clear connection between cases, and they warned that patients anxious about becoming ill from vaping should refrain from using e-cigarettes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now investigating more than 150 products and substances and said it has activated its criminal investigations arm to explore the supply chain of vaping products and identify the cause of the outbreak. The state is asking residents to fill out a confidential online survey about their vaping habits to help pinpoint the differences between people who vaped and got sick, and those who didn't. Among the cases for which patients' sex and age are available, 72% are in men, 67% are in people ages 18 to 34, 16% are in people younger than 18 and 17% are in people age 35 and older.

Previously, the FDA found that numerous products used by the patients contained a contaminant commonly found in THC vaping products called vitamin E acetate.

IL has reported an eighth death related to the outbreak, state epidemiologist Jennifer Layden said on a conference call with reporters.

"Based on initial data from certain states we know: Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC". But others are new cases, the CDC's deputy director, Anne Schuchat, told reporters. But health officials emphasized Thursday that not all people who became ill had used THC, and many had used multiple substances. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

"The e-cigarette and vaping-related lung injuries are serious".

Health officials urged people not to buy vaping products off the street or modify them.

"Identifying any compounds present in the samples is the one piece of the puzzle and will not necessarily answer questions about causality", he said. "People are dying. We ask you to take these recommendations seriously", she said.

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