CDC: Vaping Illness Cases Top 1,000

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So far, officials have not identified a particular electronic cigarette, vaping device, liquid or ingredient behind the outbreak. The CDC numbers show that 62 percent are from patients between the ages of 18 and 34 and another 16 percent are from those under 18 years old.

Washington governor Jay Inslee last week urged state agencies to ban flavored and cannabis-derived vaping products and said more stringent rules could follow. The agency said during their September 19 update that they still do not know what in e-cigarettes is causing the health problems, and they advised Americans to stop vaping as their investigation continues. Early symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and abdominal pain.

"Any tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe, especially for youth", CDC director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. The majority of the cases involve males. Almost all adults (90%) believe smoking cigarettes is harmful, and 81% believe vaping nicotine products is harmful. 12 deaths have been confirmed.

ME passed a law this year that taxes e-cigarettes the same as combustible tobacco products, as well as a law sponsored by Millett that prohibits vaping on all ME school grounds.

As of October 2nd, there have been 805 cases reported from 46 states and one USA territory.

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There have been 19 deaths confirmed from 16 states: two in California, two in Kansas, two in OR, and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to do its job and take action".

The CDC can't yet isolate any specific vaping product or brand.

Judy McMeekin, PharmD, the FDA's deputy associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, emphasized on the call that "no one product or substance" has been linked to all cases.

A representative from the American Cancer Society said they have been working with the state as they investigate these cases. Of those who do vape, 36% reported using e-cigarettes daily, 18% vape a few times a week, 22% use electronic cigarettes a few times a month, and 24% use a few times a year. The CDC is therefore still recommending that users refrain from all vaping products, though they have updated their advisory to focus specifically on THC.

"It is a kind of injury that appears to be a toxic chemical injury", resembling injuries caused by inhaling toxic fumes or poison gas. No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified in these patients, therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure. It is also suggested that people do not return to regular cigarettes if they are considering stopping the use of e-cigarettes.

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