Vaping Outbreak Death Toll Climbs to More Than 2 Dozen

Grant Boone
October 12, 2019

Since August 2019, 35 confirmed or probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in MI, including one death.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is sharing additional clinical guidance with healthcare partners and providing a health advisory following updated recommendations issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the national multistate outbreak of e-cigarette and/or vaping product use associated lung injury. Officials said 76 percent of the illnesses involve males, and 88 percent have reported vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Anyone who has used an e-cigarette in the last 90 days who is experiencing these symptoms should stop vaping immediately and visit their healthcare provider.

Schuchat advised physicians and other clinicians to incorporate advice on discouraging use of e-cigarettes with cannabis and nicotine when patients are hospitalized and after discharge.

Until a cause is pinpointed, the CDC is advising Americans to refrain from using any vaping products. E-cigarettes are not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device.

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In addition to the two new deaths, state officials are investigating 75 cases of severe vaping-related lung injuries, which is double the same number from a month ago.

The size of the outbreak also increased to almost 1,300 cases in 49 states, up from 1,080 cases in 48 states reported last week, the CDC said. The majority of the cases have occurred among individuals ages 16-29. Federal data suggests THC plays a role in the outbreak.

"In Canada, we have seen the first cases of pulmonary illness related to vaping and a number of other incidents are under investigation".

Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, said the agency has tested 225 THC-containing products and found Vitamin E acetate - a cutting agent - in almost half of them.

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