Friday, October 4, 2019

CDC logs 275 more cases of vaping-related illness

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 3:19 PM

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 4 reported 275 more cases of "lung injury associated with e-cigarette use," bringing the total number nationwide to 1,080 cases.

It also announced six more deaths tied to the vaping-related health condition, now totaling 18.


Colorado added one case that incurred hospitalization, bringing the state's total number of cases to nine, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There have been no deaths tied to the lung injury outbreak in the state.

The CDC is now reporting that most people who suffered from the illness reported vaping THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.

More information from the CDC:

• Out of the patients who died, the median age was 49.5. Deceased patients ranged in age from 27-71 years old.

• Out of the 889 patients for which the CDC has data on age and sex:
     - 70 percent are male.
     - The median age is 23. Patients range in age from 13-75 years old.
     - 81 percent are younger than 35.

• Out of the 578 patients for which the CDC has information on the substances vaped in the three months before they fell ill:
     - About 78 percent reported vaping THC. Thirty-seven percent reported vaping THC only.
     - About 58 percent reported vaping nicotine. Seventeen percent reported vaping nicotine only.

States reporting 50 or more cases include California, Utah, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Despite months of investigation, the CDC says it still has not figured out what exactly is causing the illness, and continues encouraging all to "consider not vaping."

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