Texas records 1st death linked to e-cigarette use

Vaping: US deaths rise to 26, illnesses to 1,299

Vaping: US deaths rise to 26, illnesses to 1,299

People with lung injury associated with vaping or e-cigarette use could also have flu and other respiratory illnesses, USA health officials said Friday in updating advice to health-care professionals and the public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,000 confirmed or probable vaping illnesses have been reported nationwide as of last week.

"These deaths are heartbreaking", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

In this October 4, 2019, photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Investigators have not linked the cases to any specific product or compound, but have pointed to vaping oils containing THC (tetrahydrocannabidinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis or marijuana) as being especially risky.

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.

The number of vaping-related illnesses in the USA continues to rise, now reaching about 1,300 cases and at least 26 deaths.

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But authorities can not definitively exclude nicotine products, since 13 percent of all patients reported nicotine use only. "I am asking CT residents to not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC". "Until more is known, we repeat our call for Canadians to consider refraining from vaping".

Adults who are vaping should not smoke combustible cigarettes as a replacement for nicotine.

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.

A 17-year-old this week became the youngest person to die from the illness, and 80 percent of cases are among individuals under 35.

The CDC says the latest findings suggest products with THC play a role in the outbreak.

Another 58% said they used nicotine-containing products with or without THC.

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