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CDC: Vaping-related lung injuries continue to rise :

October 24, 2019

At least 1,604 people have experienced vaping-related lung injuries and 34 have died, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases increased by 125 over the past week with one additional death. Deaths have been reported in 24 states, and those who have died ranged in age from 17 to 75 with a median age of 49.

The CDC did not release new information about other patients or the substances they used. However, as of last week, about 70% of patients were male, and 79% were under 35 years. About 78% reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products with or without nicotine; 31% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products; 58% used nicotine-containing products with or without THC; and 10% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.

The CDC hasn’t been able to pinpoint a specific product or device responsible for the illnesses and is continuing to investigate.

Patients have complained of difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and/or chest pain. Some also experienced diarrhea, vomiting, fever and fatigue, according to the CDC.

The CDC encourages clinicians to consider vaping-related illnesses in patients with lung disease, collect detailed information on the products patients were using and report suspected cases to their state health department. Detailed guidance from the CDC is available at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6841e3.htm?s_cid=mm6841e3_w.

For information about the collection of e-cigarette products for possible testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), emailFDAVapingSampleInquiries@fda.hhs.gov.

The CDC also encourages the public to report any unexpected tobacco or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA’s online Safety Reporting Portal, http://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov.

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