First case of vape-related lung disease reported in Maine

Mysterious outbreak of vaping-related illnesses jumps to 530 cases

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In addition to the death, the health department said it's received 22 other reports of vaping-related illnesses since late August.

"Unfortunately, at the time he started, he didn't know the dangers of vaping, so he continued to use the instrument that was potentially causing his shortness of breath and other problems", Plisco said. The deaths were reported in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.

A Missouri man died in a St. Louis hospital due to a vaping-related lung injury - the first fatality linked to e-cigarettes in that state and the eighth nationwide, public health officials reported Thursday. That's 150 more than had been reported the previous week.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported its first case of lung illness related to the use of e-cigarettes. Of 530 confirmed and probable lung injuries so far, three-quarters of the victims were male and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 34. "In order to solve what is causing these illnesses, it's imperative that people impacted cooperate with the investigation so that accurate information can be gathered", he said.

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Still, health officials said they haven't found a definitive cause or a clear connection between cases, and they warned that patients anxious about becoming ill from vaping should refrain from using e-cigarettes. 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.

This would include limiting where vaping products can be sold, setting the legal age for buying vaping products, restricting where vaping products can be used, and restricting the advertising and promotion of vape materials, a government spokesperson said. While lab analysis previously found vitamin E acetate in some tested samples, no one ingredient is showing up in every sample.

The FDA's enforcement arm - the Office of Criminal Investigations - has begun a parallel investigation, Zeller said.

If someone is concerned about their health after using e-cigarettes, they should call the local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. However, the OCI is not pursuing any prosecution for personal use of any of these substances, he said.

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Some people - especially youth and young adults, women who are pregnant and adults who do not now smoke - should not vape, CDC officials said.

For people who use nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking cigarettes, she urged people not to return to cigarette smoking.

"Ultimately, in Canada, we want all such cases to be reported to the chief public health officer of Canada", Saskatchewan chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said Friday.

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