On October 3, 2019, the CDC announced an update regarding the number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases and vaping deaths associated with e-cigarette product use in the United States.
The CDC announced that as of October 1, 2019, there were 1,080 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette product use (vaping) reported by 48 U.S. states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was an increase of 275 cases from the prior week (the 275 cases is a combination of new patients becoming ill in the past two weeks and recent reporting of previously-identified patients).
The CDC reported that among 578 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette or vaping products in the 90 days prior to symptom onset, approximately 78% reported using THC-containing products, with or without nicotine-containing products; 37% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products; and, 17% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.
About 70% of patients are male, approximately 80% of the patients are under 35 years old, 16% are under 18 years old, and the median age of patients is 23 years (patients range from 13 to 75 years old).
Deaths Associated With Vaping (E-Cigarettes)
The CDC reports that 18 deaths have been confirmed in 15 states: Alabama, California (2), Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon (2), and Virginia. The median age of patients who have died is 50, and range from 27 to 71 years old.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in announcing the latest vaping lung injuries and vaping death statistics, “The increasing number of lung injury cases we see associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, is deeply concerning. Unfortunately, this may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the escalating health threat this outbreak poses to the American public, particularly youth and young adults. CDC will continue to work with FDA and state health partners to investigate the cause, or causes, of this outbreak and to bring an end to these lung injuries.”
The CDC reports: “Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as: cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.”
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances, flavorings, and additives.
If you or a loved one may have been injured (or worse) as a result of vaping in the United States, you should promptly find a vaping injury lawyer in your state who may investigate your vaping injury for you and represent you or your loved one in a vaping injury (or vaping death) case, if appropriate.
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