CDC investigates link between vaping, mysterious illness; cases reported in 15 states

Grant Boone
August 21, 2019

American news service CNN found at least 15 states in the USA have detected more than 120 cases of lung disease or injury, which they have since linked to vaping.

Last year, 3.6 million middle and high school students across the USA used e-cigarettes, according to the CDC, up from 2.1 million in 2017.

CDC spokeswomen Kathy Harben said there is no evidence that this condition stems from an infectious disease. The use of these devices is not safe for children, adolescents, and young adults. Other people reported chest pains, fever, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea. Starting with June the 18th, these states have announced 94 possible cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping, mainly among teenagers and young adults, as per a statement by CDC. "While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses".

The CDC did not link the illnesses to any specific product.

A CDC spokesperson was unable to provide more information on the probe.

All five patients had reported vaping recently.

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In this undated stock photo, a teen is smoking an e-cigarette. As reported by Wisconsin's Department of Health Services, the disease initially seems to be caused by infection, but tests are turning up negative, further baffling physicians.

Pulmonary illnesses have been linked to vaping in the past, but this marks the first time doctors have identified a pattern.

E-cigarettes or "vape pens" release an aerosol produced by heating a liquid that usually contains flavorings of nicotine, the chemical compound in traditional cigarettes, and other chemicals.

Juul also noted that, according to some media reports, several incidences of lung illness linked to vaping have involved THC, found in marijuana, "a Schedule 1, controlled substance that we do not sell", the company said.

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CDC Urges Clinicians to Report Possible Cases of Unexplained Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness to their State/Local Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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