42 dead from vaping-related injuries

Henrietta Brewer
November 15, 2019

The CDC said 13.7 percent of US adults smoked cigarettes in 2018, representing a decline of about two-thirds since the first Surgeon General's report warning of the dangers of the habit was released more than 50 years ago. "In addition, people should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments". Though the increase may seem insignificant, it represents a "reversal from the decline observed among adults during 2014-2017", the report reads. Rates among young adults rose from 5.2 percent in 2017 to 7.6 percent in 2018.

A fourth Illinoisan has died after being hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The agency has also confirmed 42 confirmed deaths in 24 states and the District of Columbia, ranging from 17 to 75 years old with a median age of 52.

Health officials also urge people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC, especially those obtained off the street or online dealers.

The report estimated that 49.1 million United States adults, or almost 1 in 5, used any tobacco product in 2018. However, while it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with the patients, evidence is not yet sufficient to rule out other chemicals of concern.

The CDC announcement said Vitamin E acetate, in combination with THC, may be to blame for a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that's linked to dozens of deaths. "The health benefits of quitting smoking are significant, and we are committed to educating Americans about the steps they can take to become tobacco-free".

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called vaping illness an "epidemic" and New York University researchers published the first study linking e-cigarettes to lung cancer.

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