Vaping-Related Lung Injuries In US Surpass 1,000 Cases

(CNN) — There are now more than 1,000 cases of vaping-related lung injuries across the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Tuesday, 1,080 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping have been reported to the CDC, Schuchat said. Cases have been reported in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands. There have been 19 deaths confirmed from 16 states: two in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon, and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia. Additional deaths are under investigation, Schuchat said. “The data that we’re getting does not suggest this has peaked,” Schuchat said. “It doesn’t suggest this is declining.” Related: Vaping Lung Damage Similar To Chemical Burn, Research Shows The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with using e-cigarette products. “We now have information for 578 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette or vaping products in the three months before symptom onset,” Schuchat said. While the cause of the outbreak remains unknown, “we found that about 78% reported using THC containing products,” she said. “This is a critical issu...
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