First lung disease reported here with suspected relationship to vaping

Number of vaping-related illnesses on the rise in Tennessee

Health Number of vaping-related illnesses on the rise in Tennessee

3, West Virginia has reported five lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products with no deaths so far in West Virginia.

Prior to today's announcement from the state health department, 26 deaths had been reported from 21 states that were confirmed to be associated with vaping.

Several government agencies like CDC, FDA, health departments at state level along with clinical and public health partners are trying to find the reason behind the spurt of cases and death.

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Almost 60 percent of patients reported using nicotine-based products, while 76 percent reported using THC-containing products. The CDC has not been able to definitively identify any single ingredient that is causing the injuries but said data suggests that products containing THC -- the euphoria-inducing ingredient in marijuana -- "play a role in this outbreak".

The CDC is advising Americans to refrain from using any vaping products. To date, three Minnesotans have died from severe lung injuries associated with vaping. Therefore, the possibility that nicotine-containing products play a role in this outbreak can not be excluded.

Vaping products containing THC should only be bought at state-licensed dispensaries.

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Investigators are focusing on illegal products as a primary concern but the safety of any vaping product can not be guaranteed.

CDC on Friday recommended that people abstain from products that use THC. "Persons should not buy any type of e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC, off the street". According to the Post, that recommendation is narrower than CDC's previous recommendation that people abstain from all e-cigarette and vaping products.

"The medical institution reported the case as the patient who was suffering from pulmonary diseases had a history of smoking liquid e-cigarettes", a KCDC official said.

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She added that now researchers have the additional issue of "readmission" to consider, as healthcare officials find some patients are forced to return for the same illness after being discharged.

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