Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Fourth Illinois resident dies after lung injury associated with vaping

Fourth Illinois resident dies after lung injury associated with vaping

"At this time, a total of 179 people in IL, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old ... have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping". IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 41 possible cases in IL.

Missouri health officials say that a woman in her mid-50s died this week, with her death being associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products.

The CDC says people should consider refraining from vaping, especially with products including THC.

As of Nov 13, 42 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia, the agency said. These lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure from vaping.

The CDC has also developed a webpage that has resources for the public, healthcare providers and health departments.

- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.

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CDC recommends that people should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers.

The same was not true for e-cigarette rates, which increased from about 2.8 percent to 3.2 percent previous year.

The number of vaping illnesses in the U.S.is still rising, but at a slower pace. Until the relationship of vitamin E acetate and lung health is better understood, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Cigarette smoking rates among United States adults have dropped to an all-time low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The sustained drop in adult smoking is encouraging as we work to reduce tobacco-related disease and death in the USA through science-driven policy, compliance and enforcement in addition to public education", said Acting FDA Commissioner Brett Giroir, according to the report.

So far in IN there have been 57 probable cases of vaping-related lung illness and 55 confirmed cases.

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