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Five People Have Now Died From Mysterious Lung Illness Linked To Vaping

10 September 2019

Among these cases, three deaths have been confirmed in connection with these illnesses - one each in Illinois, Oregon and in - and a fourth death is under investigation.

Five cases of vaping-related deaths will be investigated thoroughly, the health officials said.

Three deaths in Indiana, Minnesota and California were verified by the CDC Friday-after the first and second vaping-related deaths in OR and IL at the end of August.

Physicians urge anyone who vapes to seek medical care if they experience shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea.

There are now more than 450 possible cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping, more than double the figure reported the previous week, according to Ileana Arias, acting deputy director for noninfectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The CDC said they are still unsure of the exact chemical or substance that these cases have in common, as the patients used a variety of vaping products.

Officials are warning people not to start vaping if they aren't already using the products and to consider quitting if they now vape. The oil is a key line of enquiry in the state's investigation but the FDA has said the substance has not been found in all identified samples.

The CDC said no evidence of infectious diseases has been identified and therefore the lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure.

Over 120 samples have been analyzed, and while a few possible chemical culprits have been suggested - vitamin E acetate, present in numerous THC-containing products, was briefly highlighted - no one substance has been identified in all of them, according to Food and Drug Administration director Mitch Zeller. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested.

Most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of Vitamin E acetate, the agency said.

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It's been used by the people suffering from the vaping-related lung illnesses.

The President of the American Vaping Association said adults shouldn't be afraid of buying store-bought vaping products to help quit smoking.

Kowalik said her department is in the "early stages" of working with the Milwaukee Police Department to get illegal vaping products off the street. This is the first vaping-related death in the state. The count includes newly reported deaths in California, Indiana and Minnesota.

Some argue e-cigarettes are not as lethal as conventional cigarettes and can be a valuable aide to smokers trying to kick the habit.

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Five People Have Now Died From Mysterious Lung Illness Linked To Vaping