USA vaping-related deaths rise to 18, illnesses surpass 1,000

USA vaping-related deaths rise to 18, illnesses surpass 1,000

USA vaping-related deaths rise to 18, illnesses surpass 1,000

The number of vaping-related illnesses has also increased to 1,080 people in 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Investigators have not linked the illnesses to any specific product or compound, but have pointed to vaping oils containing marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). "I think it's premature for us to rule out other concerning products".

In Canada, a Quebec resident has been diagnosed as the country's first case of a severe vaping-related breathing illness.

Two people have so far died in OR, and another six have fallen ill.

Authorities across the US are working to determine what component of vape pens or cartridges is causing such serious harm to lung function.

WASHINGTON, United States-The number of patients suffering from probable lung injury associated with e-cigarette use has surged to more than a thousand, U.S. health authorities said Thursday, while the death toll from the outbreak now stands at 18.

The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with using e-cigarette products.

When health officials from Wisconsin and IL interviewed 86 people in their states who had become ill, nearly everyone said he or she had acquired their THC cartridges illegally - either from friends, family members or drug dealers. Of them, about 78% used products that contained THC.

In New Jersey, a task force set up by Governor Chris Murphy recommended Thursday that the state move to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

"We're anxious that there are plenty of risky products still out there", the CDC's principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a briefing with reporters.

"We hope that in the months ahead we'll learn a lot more about the spectrum of lung conditions that these exposures are having", Schuchat said. "With all the data that I've been seeing, I don't know what safe is right now".

In the United States each year, 480,000 people die from illnesses caused by cigarettes, accounting for about one-fifth of all deaths nationwide, according to the CDC. She said the number would go up from eight inspectors now to 20.

UC San Francisco tobacco researcher Pamela Ling said that if her patients wanted to quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes, she would support them because the devices remained preferable to cigarettes.

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