The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a total of 48 people have died from complications linked to vaping nationwide.
1, over 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 48 states and 1 US territory. It released no other information, citing confidentiality reasons. "We are urging people to refrain from vaping until the specific cause of the vaping-related severe lung injuries being reported nationwide has been identified".
Since August, 56 confirmed and probable vaping-related lung injury cases in patients ranging in age from 15 to 67 have been reported in MI, according to the department.
There have been 47 deaths in 25 states, not including the second MI death.
Health officials say the patients in the cases reported have vaped THC and nicotine, THC only and nicotine only.
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Federal health officials have identified vitamin E acetate as a culprit in some of the lung injuries. So far, no specific brand of device or e-liquid has been identified.
Although more testing is needed, vitamin E acetate appears to be much more common in products that contain THC. The CDC now recommends that people do not use THC-containing e-cigarette products, particularly from informal sources such as friends, family or online dealers.
People should not use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Since the specific compound or ingredient causing lung injury are not yet known, while the investigation continues individuals should consider refraining from use of all e-cigarette or vaping products.
All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, according to the CDC.
Wheaton says people should turn to smoking cessation programs to stop vaping - rather than starting or restarting smoking regular cigarettes in order to stop vaping. No vaping or e-cigarette products now on the market are considered tobacco cessation products.