Vaping criminal probe announced by FDA as illnesses rise to 530

Health officials report first vaping related death in Missouri

Health officials report first vaping related death in Missouri

A confirmed or probable case is one that meets the CDC's current case definition, or the specific criteria officials use to classify a vaping-related illness.

Cases have been reported in the majority of USA states - 38, plus one territory - and over half of the patients are under 25. "There's no one compound ingredient constituent including vitamin E acetate that is showing up in all of the samples".

Mitch Zeller, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency has collected more than 150 vaping product samples for analysis in its forensic chemistry center and the number continues to grow.

It is unclear what any of the people who have died were vaping. No one cause or set of causes has been linked to all of the cases, the CDC reported.

There have been 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung injuries related to e-cigarettes as of September 17, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

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Almost three fourths of the cases were reported in men; 67 percent were between ages 18-34; 16 percent are under age 18; and 17 percent are 35 years or older. The state is asking residents to fill out a confidential online survey about their vaping habits to help pinpoint the differences between people who vaped and got sick, and those who didn't.

While numerous people who have developed lung problems reported using THC - the active ingredient in cannabis - a number have said they did not vape THC.

IL health officials are asking people who use e-cigarettes - whether they are ill or healthy - to fill out an anonymous survey about their vaping habits. Instead, she urged people to consider counselling or using FDA-approved smoking cessation products.

IL has reported an eighth death related to the outbreak, state epidemiologist Jennifer Layden said on a conference call with reporters.

People who became ill experienced cough, shortness of breath and chest pain, and in some cases, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, health officials said.

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Some of the first cases appeared in April.

According to the CDC, lung illnesses seem to have resulted from vaping both cannabis and nicotine of different flavors.

Many of the patients reported using numerous vaping products and substances, including a mix of nicotine and THC.

Seven deaths have been reported.

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