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What we know so far about the nation's vaping illness outbreak

12 September 2019

450 cases of possible illness are now being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and states, clinicians and other partners, who have worked together to create a case definition.

According to their release, almost 33 states, including DE, have reported possible cases that could be linked to lung illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarette products (e.g., devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges).

There are now 14 cases of severe lung illness in Dallas County related to e-cigarettes.

With mounting concern over the mysterious vaping illness and six confirmed deaths, health officials warn about e-cigarette usage.

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"We are cautioning people about using e-cigarettes and advise against using unregulated THC-containing vaping products", said Health Director Bruce Anderson.

Many cases have also reported the use of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, a psychoactive component of the marijuana plant) in their e-cigarettes, which have included Vitamin E acetate in them, yet other cases involved neither substance.

U.S. health agencies are urging people to stop vaping while they investigate why e-cigarette users are dying. "Many teens have unsafe misperceptions that vaping is harmless", Forbing-Orr stated.

"The investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases".

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The new reported death comes as federal health authorities say vaping giant Juul Labs illegally pitched its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, including in a presentation at schools. If you now use e-cigarettes or vapes, consider not using them for the time being.

Kansas does not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the person who died. "Our belief is that this is actually going to drive more sales to the legal channels, more sales to our customers that we service because we only service legal, compliant operators, and therefore more sales to us", he said. "Don't put yourself in harm's way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials".

"We are continuing to work on investigating all of these cases to determine whether they are similar to what has been seen nationally, or different". He reported using e-cigarette products for three years.

DELAWARE-The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) says it is participating in a multi-state investigation into an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease reported across the country. Additionally, anyone who has been vaping and is experiencing lung problems should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, and chest pain.

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On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed his state's health department to subpoena the records of three marketers and sellers of thickening agents used in black market vaping products.

What we know so far about the nation's vaping illness outbreak