On Friday, the CDC reported the fifth death in the US connected to vaping. "We believe that a chemical exposure is likely associated with these illnesses, but more information is needed". In addition to healthcare providers, the FDA is encouraging consumers who experienced unexpected health issues from vaping to submit details on the matter through its online reporting portal.
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After an announcement that was made from health officials in IL last week that revealed that a patient had died owing to severe respiratory illness, OR health officials have suggested that the case of an individual who died in July is actually consistent with the growing number of e-cigarette related reports that are spreading across the country.
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"During the Thursday call between state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), investigators said they'd found a chemical called vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the samples of THC e-cigs they had tested".
The Minnesota case occurred in August and the person, who had an underlying lung disease, died after "a long and complicated hospitalization" that was complicated by other conditions, according to health officials in Minnesota. Ileana Arias, CDC's acting deputy director of non-infectious diseases, told reporters on a media call that officials are investigating a fourth death.
THC is the high-inducing component of marijuana, and numerous vaping illnesses around the country have been linked to use of THC-laden liquids. There is, however, some shorter-term data demonstrating the effects of vaping on our lung health; over 800 different studies conducted since 2018 confirmed that the inhalation of harmful chemicals from e-cigarettes can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.
Health officials across the country are racing to understand both the cause of the illnesses and what exactly these illnesses are. Many patients report using e-cigarettes to vape marijuana products, while some report using them for regular vape juices.
Watch this video from CBS News on the outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases.
Mark Pettinger, spokesman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which oversees the stage's legal marijuana industry, said the investigation was in its early stages.
Their use among adolescents has skyrocketed in recent years: Some 3.6 million middle and high school students used vaping products in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million on the year before.