Vaping linked to 19 deaths in the United States

Andrew Cummings
October 8, 2019

According to the CDC, as of October 1, 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarettes have been reported to CDC from 48 states and 1 US territory.

State clinicians have reported 121 suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses since mandated reporting went into effect on September 11, according to a DPH statement released Monday afternoon. The estimated national average for high school youth is 13 percent.

"I think we really have the feeling right now that there may be a lot of different nasty things in e-cigarette or vaping products, and they may cause different harms in the lung", Anne Schuchat, a senior official with CDC, said.

More information is needed to know whether a single product, substance, or brand is responsible for the lung injuries. If you don't use vaping devices, don't start.


E-cigarettes and vaping products are unsafe and unregulated.

In addition, the report from IL and Wisconsin showed that almost all THC-containing products reported were packaged, pre-filled cartridges that were primarily acquired from informal sources such as friends, family members, illicit dealers, or off the street.

Caution is especially advised regarding the use of off-market THC-containing liquids. Homemade products often involve modifying or adding substances to products purchased at retail stores.

The UDOH enacted an emergency rule earlier this month that will restrict who can sell flavored e-cigarette products and require shops to display warning signs about the dangers of unregulated THC.


Among a group of 578 patients interviewed on substances they had used, 78 per cent reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive substance of marijuana, with or without nicotine products.

Children and youth should never use e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Vaping devices were never meant to be used by children or youth and should not be used by them.

Officials also advise if you have recently used a vaping device and are experiencing symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain, see a healthcare provider.

If you are an adult using vaping devices to kick a cigarette habit, do not return to smoking cigarettes.


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