US health officials report 3rd vaping death, repeat warning

Henrietta Brewer
September 10, 2019

Three people have died - in Illinois, Oregon and in - and a fourth death is under investigation, according to the CDC.

A week ago, USA officials pegged the number at 215 possible cases in 25 states.

Ferrer spoke along with a panel of other health officials at a news conference Friday to discuss the investigation into the vaping-linked illnesses and to issue a warning about the use of e-cigarette devices as "potentially harmful to proper lung function". People using e-cigarettes who experience these symptoms should "promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns", Meaney-Delman said.

"While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products", according to a CDC statement.

Overall, numerous patients are teens or young adults who were previously healthy. Numerous sickened - but not all - were people who had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high. Inhaling THC through e-cigarettes was common among patients, and most patients used nicotine-based products as well.

CDC officials said an investigation into vaping-related cases nationwide found "clinical similarities among those affected".

The CDC said some type of chemical exposure is likely associated with the illnesses, but more information is needed to determine the exact cause.

The release reports the health department is working with affected Hoosiers and their families to obtain the products used by the patients and send them to the Food and Drug Administration for testing.

NY state has focused its investigation on an ingredient called Vitamin E acetate, which has been used to thicken marijuana vape juice but is considered risky if heated and inhaled.

In New York state, 32 cases of vaping-related illness have been reported, with a "vast majority" involving people who vape illicit marijuana.

Reports of similar pneumonias among e-cigarette users have not come from other countries at this point.

Typical symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said another death is now under investigation.

Researchers are now saying the vitamin e acetate found in the vape oils might be the cause of vaping-related respiratory illnesses.

The patients reported using vaping products with either THC, nicotine or both at least three months before getting sick.

"I even know, as a nurse, he could die", said his mother Deborah Boclair.

"People should not be using vaping products period", Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference at the Labor Day Parade.

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