Related illnesses surpass 1,000, death count continues to climb

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Number of known vaping-related illnesses jumps to over 1,000

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In New Jersey, there are 32 reports under investigation and 14 confirmed or probable cases of illness tied to vaping, according to the health commissioner.

"It is pretty much impossible to know what is in your e-cigarette vaping product", Schuchat said.

Health officials across the nation are are telling people to refrain entirely from vaping, whether marijuana or nicotine. "But I can not stress enough - the best thing for people to do is just avoid e-cigarettes and vaping products altogether".

The messaging has gotten a little messy. Eighteen people have died, including two in California. The patients' symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and fever, among others.

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WASHINGTON, United States-The number of patients suffering from probable lung injury associated with e-cigarette use has surged to more than a thousand, USA health authorities said Thursday, while the death toll from the outbreak now stands at 18. The average age of those who died is almost 50, with the youngest person who died in their 20s and the oldest in their 70s.

What do I need to stay away from? Signs, however, increasingly point to THC as the culprit. All patients reported a history of vaping, and the majority reported using THC-containing products.

People who switched to vaping to cut down on smoking cigarettes should not go back to cigarettes, Canadian and US health officials said. Of them, about 78% used products that contained THC.

India has issued an outright ban on all e-cigarette products, as has the USA state of MA. Canadian authorities said in September a youth had been hospitalized, but so far no other countries have reported anything similar.

CDC principal deputy director, Dr Anne Schuchat, said cases were "continuing at a brisk pace", but cautioned that the increase from last week was a combination of new patients and recent reporting of previously identified patients.

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Last month President Donald Trump said vaping was a "new problem", especially for children. Larsen said: "I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg".

Most of the recommendations, including banning the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, will require legislation, he said.

"In comparison with cigarettes, nearly anything would be less harmful", said UC San Francisco tobacco expert Ruth Malone.

People have died in 10 states, Schuckat said, and people have fallen ill in 48 states and the Virgin Island. "Investigating this crisis is the FDA's top priority", she said. "The data we are getting does not suggest this has peaked", she said.

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