Another case of vaping-related lung illness, 19 now statewide

Grant Boone
November 28, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, there were 2,290 cases identified in 49 states (all but Alaska), the District of Columbia, and two territories.

The lung illnesses and deaths associated with using these products are sometimes referred to as "e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury" orEVALI. The department declined to release any other information about the individual or the circumstances of the death.

MI is urging people not to vape until a specific cause of the lung illnesses occurring nationwide is identified.

MI has reported 56 confirmed and probable lung injuries in patients age 15 to 67 caused by vaping since August. Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.

Vape cartridges that were used by New Yorkers who got sick.

Federal officials have identified vitamin E acetate as a culprit. So far, no specific brand of device or e-liquid has been identified. All were found to have been cut with vitamin E acetate.

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The department urged vaping users who experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, fever and/or nausea and vomiting to immediately seek medical attention.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is warnign that people who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette or vaping products. The CDC now recommends that people do not use THC-containing e-cigarette products, particularly from informal sources such as friends, family or online dealers.

While the links between vitamin E oil and the vaping illness appear strong, investigators caution that it's still too soon to rule out any other toxins or ingredients that are contributing to the vaping illnesses across the country.

E-cigarette and/or vaping products should never be used by youths, young adults or women who are pregnant.

People who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette or vaping products. No vaping or e-cigarette products now on the market are considered tobacco cessation products.

Wheaton says people should turn to smoking cessation programs to stop vaping - rather than starting or restarting smoking regular cigarettes in order to stop vaping.

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