Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Vaping linked to 19 deaths in the United States

Vaping linked to 19 deaths in the United States

Based on this data, the CDC continues to recommend against use of e-cigarettes or vaping products - particularly those containing THC.

A MMWR released today from Wisconsin and IL had similar findings regarding THC use and contains more details on the characteristics of cases in those states, including demographics, as well as substances and product types used.

Schuchat did acknowledge that in two states - IL and Wisconsin - most of the individuals with vaping associated injuries had reportedly "gotten their THC-containing products from informal sources off the street, not from brick-and-mortar shops" but said it was "premature" to rule out "other concerning products".

All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. The death in MA brings the national total to 19 reported in 16 states.

According to CDC's national-level report, data about substances used in e-cigarettes, or vaping, products were self-reported by 514 patients.

About 70% of overall cases are male, and the median age of patients affected is 23, with about 81% of patients younger than age 35.

'We are investigating these cases as quickly as possible and working with our federal partners to better understand this outbreak'.

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The MMWR noted that although no single brand name was reported by all patients, 66% of patients reported using a prefilled THC cartridge sold under the brand name Dank Vapes.

During a September 27 CDC telebriefing (www.cdc.gov) on the outbreak, the agency's principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, M.D., was asked about the latest related deaths.

Officials say "more than one thousand cases have been reported in 48 states, including 18 deaths reported in 15 states".

"Sadly, I do believe there will be additional ones", she said.

Last week, for the first time, health officials are urged all Americans to 'refrain from vaping, ' they they said in a Thursday telebriefing that they do not want former smokers who now vape to return to combustible cigarettes.

The agency last month urged people to not use e-cigarettes with marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), saying that the high-inducing component may have a role in causing the illness.

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